Integrating Service into the Classroom
Service learning is one tool utilized by faculty to create learning experiences that include service. According to the National Commission on Service-Learning, learning while participating in volunteer opportunities is “a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”
According to UALR’s externally focused mission, the university will share and leverage its resources through partnerships in active efforts to solve problems and otherwise advance our state. The Community Connection Center supports faculty in this endeavor by developing service-learning courses, offering training opportunities on the teaching method, and connecting them with national organizations that support service-learning.
Academic experiences that integrate service into the curriculum also increase civic engagement by students while in college and after. The Community Connection Center supports faculty in developing service-learning courses by offering training opportunities on the teaching method and connecting them with national organizations that support service-learning. Learn More….
First Year Experience
Service learning is a requirement for UALR’s First Year Colloquium, courses every student at the university must take during their freshman year. The courses are designed to prepare students for success in college. Part of that success includes integrating civic engagement into classroom learning.
Faculty who want to provide guidance for students seeking service opportunities can contact the Community Connection Center for a directory of placements.
For a list of courses for first-year students, see the First Year Colloquium page.