Whether you are a new faculty member at WVU or a tenured member, we can help you to incorporate pedagogically appropriate learning goals and measurable outcomes through academically sound service-learning. Our CommUNITY Partner program ensures that your students will be guided and supervised by professionals in the field who have been trained to work with our students. While many civic engagement opportunities can be utilized, we’ll work with you to determine which of these may be the most appropriate for what you are trying to achieve with your students.
Every community engaged course will have its own style dependent upon discipline, class size, instructor experience, and other factors, however there are common models that can be used intentionally to reach specific outcomes.
Four Common Models Used at WVU
All models can be scaled up or down in intensity depending on the level of the course and the weight of the service in the overall coursework.
- An intro course may use group service-learning projects to help students learn more about teamwork and lightly bridge course work into real world application through 6 hours of service while a capstone course may use the same model but student complete 30 hours of service, have more input in the project design and rely heavily on the content they have learned in the classroom to provide expertise to the community.
- An intro course may take on an instructor led service-learning project to encourage critical thinking and help student feel connected while a higher level course may take on a community partner as a client, working collaboratively to provide content, resources or expertise.
For more information contact our Academic Community Engagement Coordinator at 304-293-8762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.