Community Service-Learning (CSL) encourages students to step outside of the traditional university classroom in order to make connections between theory and practice. At Augustana, students who are enrolled in a course with a CSL component complete approximately 20 hours of service that benefits the community - most often with a non-profit organization. Students' reflections on their community service becomes one of the "text books" of their course. CSL is offered in a variety of disciplines and courses ranging from Environmental Science to Management to Psychology.
Roles and responsibilities for an Instructor teaching a course with a CSL component:
- To let the LAB Staff know by or before the deadline if you would like to use CSL as a learning tool in one of your courses. *suggested deadlines: the first Friday in May for Fall term and the first Friday in November for Winter term.
- To meet with the CSL Coordinator assigned to your course to discuss course objectives and placement suggestions prior to the start of term.
- To approve all placement offerings for your course based on placement descriptions developed by CSL Coordinator.
- To determine a method for assigning CSL placements.
- To outline expectations and assignments for students completing CSL placements in your course (eg. reflection, deliverables, written reports, etc.).
- To assist in preparing students for work in the community (punctuality, professionalism, etc.).
- To allocate class time for CSL Coordinator to conduct the first class visit and mid-term check-in.
- To communicate with CSL Coordinator if you have concerns about a placement or student project.
- To support student learning through the integration of CSL into the classroom environment.
- Discuss the student expectations document with students. Note, this document could be utilized or integrated through small group discussions, short reflective questions, a quiz or other interactive activity.