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Service-Learning Workshop Series Being Offered

Are you interested in Service-Learning (SL) or Community-Engaged Learning? Check out the workshop series starting late September (see below for details).

These workshops build on one another and will help you launch or deepen your Service-Learning practices. You are welcome to attend one or all of these workshops. If participants are able to make five workshops throughout the course of the year* and complete a small reflection, they will receive a $300 stipend in May 2022. Most workshops are hosted on Wednesdays at 12:00-1:15pm and are relevant to faculty with all levels of SL experience.

*In the fall semester, the Service-Learning Program is offering four workshops (see below); in the spring, SL will offer three or four more.

Register for each workshop at the CTL events page.

Introduction to Service-Learning in the Curriculum

Thursday, Sept. 16th, 2021 from 12:00-1:15pm

Come learn about Service-Learning (SL) – an innovative teaching strategy that engages students in community-based hands-on learning that addresses critical societal issues. Participants will explore how SL might look in their courses and disciplines. Faculty will take away a useful introduction to SL models, examples, best practices, community connections, and staff support. SL is a key component of BSU’s civic engagement mission and a priority workshop in the “Ten for Teaching” program.

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Effectively integrating community-based learning into your course

Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 2021 from 12:00-1:15pm

Experiential learning and community-based learning are booming at Boise State. In this workshop participants will learn what is involved in effectively integrating community experiences with classroom learning so that each enhances each other. Experienced faculty and Service-learning staff will use course examples, small group discussion, and mapping activities to help participants identify strategies to use in their own classes.

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Preparing students to navigate community partner expectations and experiences

Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 2021 from 12:00-1:15pm

Community-based learning is expanding in most majors. Yet some students are not yet prepared to engage with the community, whether students are showing up to serve, communicating about potential projects, and/or approaching communities different than their own. Students often need guidance and preparation with certain skills, dispositions, and ethical considerations. Faculty can help students navigate these challenges with short readings, reflection prompts, feedback, and practice. Come hear/share examples from faculty and Service-Learning staff who have honed their approaches. Participants will identify common challenges, discuss manageable strategies and tips, then apply new ideas to their own classes.

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Designing community-based projects that are manageable

Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 2021 from 12:00-1:15pm

Many faculty want to integrate a community project or experience into their course, and they need the project to be manageable for faculty, students, and community partners. In this workshop faculty will identify which approach to community-based projects might work well for their class (e.g, faculty-led with one community partner or multiple partners vs. student-initiated projects). Participants will use a scenario activity to better understand best practices, potential challenges, and strategies for designing and managing effective community-based projects. Come hear/share examples from faculty and Service-Learning staff who have extensive experience and community connections.

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