Service-learning is a community based supplement to classroom education which combines service to the community with student learning in a way that improves both the student and the community. Students learn and develop through active participation in service projects that meet the needs of their communities.
Faculty: Participation in Service-learning is voluntary and up to the discretion of each individual faculty member. The structure of Service-learning is intentionally flexible to allow faculty to develop projects that fit their individual curricular needs. The first step is to determine what your objectives are and what you want your students to gain from their projects. Projects should relate to the course curriculum and provide opportunities for students to learn while contributing to the community. It is usually a good idea to provide several different options to your students in order to allow them to participate in a project that fits their individual goals. There is a list of community partners on this web site and you are invited to work with any of these organizations. If you would like to add an organization or project to this list, simply print out the partner information form and deliver the completed form to College Hall 101. This information will be posted on this web site unless otherwise requested. Student requirements and grading methods are determined by each faculty member, but most faculty require at least 20 hours of service per semester for each student participant. Methods of assessing student projects are varied, but the most commonly employed approach is by way of student reflective journals. Each faculty also determines the format, style and complexity of these journals.
Students: Participating students must first decide on a project. You will review the list of community partners (unless otherwise requested by your instructor) and decide on a project you are interested in. It is usually a good idea to consult with your instructor regarding your project choice before contacting the organization. Next you will contact the organization using the information listed at the web site, and make arrangements to meet with them to discuss your Service-learning project. Be polite at all times and remember that you are representing HawCC. Once all the arrangements have been made, sign a risk release and turn it in to the Service-learning office at College Hall 101. If you do not have access to a printer, you may pick up a hard copie of the waiver at the Service-learning office. If you would like to add an organization or project to this list, consult with your instructor. If your instructor agrees, print out the partner information form and have your organization fill it out and return it to you. Take this form to your instructor and have them deliver it to College Hall or send it to Laura Brezinsky/Service-learning Coordinator, General Education, EKH 202.