SL Projects: Indirect vs. Direct SL
Learning goals determine what type of project will best enhance student learning. Here is a range of project types.
1. Educational Outreach
- teaching, tutoring, mentoring, demonstrating, or presenting their knowledge and/or skills with a community partner. Ex: afterschool programs, parenting programs
2. Companionship / Personal assistance
- spending time with target populations, sometimes assisting individuals who have difficulties dealing with bureaucracy and social service networks Ex: working with people who are elderly, refugees, homeless, youth at risk, people with disabilities
- capturing oral histories
3. Design and Production
- applying technical skills to design and/or produce a product for community partners. Ex: technical writing, curriculum development, designing adaptive devices, developing an app, revitalizing buildings, etc.
4. Background Research/ Issue Analysis
- conducting a needs assessment, resource mapping, program evaluation, and/or background research on current issues for community organizations. Student may then work with community partner to disseminate to the public
5. Community Outreach and Impact
- assist community advocates in raising awareness of issues, such as writing newsletter articles, developing youtube videos, assisting with outreach events, etc.
6. Field Experience
- designing experiments, collecting data, or contributing to ongoing studies through monitoring of data for community partner. Ex: Idaho Fish and Game, Foothills Learning Center
- educating others about topics of public interest – projects that aim to create awareness and action on some issue that impacts the community
See the Social Change Wheel for other types of SL projects.