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WKU Center for Citizenship & Social Justice

WKU Professional Learning Community

Service Learning & Civic Engagement as a High Impact Practice

Professional learning communities (PLC) provide the opportunity for a group of interdisciplinary faculty to discuss and reflect on a variety of topics related to teaching, the scholarship of teaching, active and deep learning, and other forms of faculty life, including scholarly and creative activities. 

The Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning and the Center for Citizenship and Social Justice offers a PLC on Service Learning and Civic Engagement as a High-Impact Practice (HIP). This PLC provides a group of interdisciplinary faculty with the opportunity to integrate a service learning model into an existing course with fidelity and inclusive excellence to maximize student engagement and promote deep learning.

Working collectively as a group in a supportive and collegial environment, faculty participants will:

  • analyze different service learning models
  • develop learning objectives and outcomes that are appropriate for a service learning course
  • identify methods to promote reciprocity between university and community stakeholders
  • develop assignments and activities that promote reflection and learning within a service learning course
  • develop integrated assessments of student learning aligned with learning objectives of the service learning course
  • develop an evaluation plan to assess impact to larger community

The PLC will provide a supportive and collegial for faculty participants to embed a service learning model within an existing course. Ideally, this would be a course the faculty member might teach in a future semester (Spring 2018 or after).

The 2017-18 Service Learnig PLC is in progress. For more information on the 2018-19 PLC set for Fall 2018, please contact Leah Ashwill, Director of WKU CCSJ at leah.ashwill@wku.edu or 270-745-3217. 

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 Last Modified 10/19/17