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The Office of Civic Engagement is dedicated to helping faculty integrate civic learning activities into the curriculum at TROY. We are here to help faculty design your courses or specific assignments around service learning or civic engagement activities.
Specifically, we provide faculty with:
Check out the links in the NEED TO KNOW section below for pertinent updates, guidelines and resources.
Civic learning is a growing field in higher education focusing on connecting academic learning to relevant community engagement that magnifies course content and promotes student development. Through service learning or civic engagement activities, students address complex social issues and make their academic learning more relevant while simultaneously enhancing their social skills, analytic ability, civic and ethical responsibility, self-efficacy, and career development.
Below you will find pertinent information on how service-learning enhances the academic experience for students and allows them to harness the power of knowledge to engage with, lead and serve others in meaningful, informed, practical ways.
Service learning is the guided application of learning to real community problems; whereas, volunteering is the independent act of service to a cause. Both are meaningful but service learning puts an emphasis on the purposeful integration of knowledge applied to informed action. The examples below demonstrate this difference…
Students pick up trash in a local park.
Environmental science students pick up and analyze trash in a local park and research the effects of litter on surrounding ecosystems. They present their findings to local community leaders.
Students volunteer at a nursing home.
Students record the life stories of nursing home residents and submit the biographies as an assignment for their Creative Writing class.
Students teach English to migrant workers
Political science students teach English to migrant workers and then have an in-class debate on language and immigration policy.
Students service food at a local homeless shelter.
Accounting students serve at a local Salvation Army and conduct a statistical analysis of how tax policies affect the rural poor.
Student group volunteers at local senior citizens center.
Students lead courses on healthy aging at local senior center as part of their Health Sciences class. Students engage in interdisciplinary discussions on issues and social policies affecting senior citizens.
Civic engagement includes activities designed to promote student involvement in critical public issues. Civic engagement pedagogy promotes critical thinking, discourse, and informed action. Below are just a few ways that faculty can integrate civic engagement into their curriculum:
When implemented well, service learning and civic engagement enhances academic instruction and student learning. Below are components needed to effectively use civic learning in your courses:
At the heart of civic learning is a reciprocal relationship between the university and the community. Through this model of teaching and learning, we all benefit from a purposeful devotion to improving each other's capacity.
Adapted from Colorado State University's Faculty Guide to Service Learning, 2010
Below are a few of the most common models for service learning course integration. Many can be adapted and there is room to combine different types and create hybrid versions of the models below. However, in all cases student-learning objectives relative to course content should guide the use of any model used in course integration. Contact the Office of Civic Engagement for ideas or more information on how to integrate service learning into your courses.
Direct service activities are those requiring personal contact with community needs. Through this type of service, students learn first-hand by interacting with regard to the social issue. Examples of direct service activities include students working with senior citizens in an intergenerational project, tutoring children or participating in ecological restoration. Direct service teaches students applied skills and the power of informed action. Direct service experiences are best completed individually or within a small group.
Indirect experiences are centered on channeling resources to a social problem. Often students do not come in contact with the population they serve; however, they deal with larger issues of public awareness, funding, policy and resource management. Examples of indirect service include collecting food or toys for disadvantaged families and planning a 5K fundraising run for a local non-profit. Indirect service projects are generally done by a group or class and teach awareness, teamwork and project management skills while learning about social issues.
Advocacy as a service experience requires students to lend their voices and talents to an effort to eliminate the causes of a specific problem and to make the public aware of the problem. Activities may include making presentations to the community about particular issues or distributing literature about the issues throughout the neighborhood. Students learn to be informed and active citizens, able to identify root causes and promote feasible solutions.
Defined as a partnership of students, faculty, and community partners, CBR allows students to engage in scholarly inquiry with the purpose of solving a pressing community problem or affecting social change. Typical CBR projects include researching, evaluating and assessing new or existing programs, creating research tools and collecting data to inform decision makers. CBR makes students more aware of social needs and builds research and data assessment skills.
Interested in adding civic learning components to your course? If so, we are a resource for you! Below are some broad recommendations for how to get started integrating civic learning into your course.
From there, begin to consider what community agencies make sense for the service-learning component of class. The Office of Civic Engagement maintains relationships with a number of community agencies and makes every effort to ensure quality service experiences for students. A list of area agencies and their needs can be found here: Service Opportunities – agency list. If you need help designing a civic learning component for your class, contact the Office of Civic Engagement – we are here to help.