What is Academic Service Learning?
It is a classroom-based program that involves students in some form of required community service and uses that activity as a means of understanding course concepts. It is a pedagogical approach whereby students engage in a service activity that benefits the common good. It is learning-by-doing.
What is the service learning pedagogy?
Service learning is a type of experiential learning that engages students in service within the community as an integrated aspect of a course. Students participate in an organized activity and reflect on that activity to gain further understanding of course content; a broader appreciation of the discipline; and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility. Service Learning engages students in active, collaborative, and inquiry-based learning experiences to meet identified needs of an organization or community at large.
What are the goals of Academic Service learning?
The goals of Academic Service learning are:
What are the key elements of ASL?
The critical elements of ASL are:
What are the benefits to students who take ASL courses?
What are the benefits to the community from the ASL program?
How is Academic Service Learning different from volunteer work?
The actual work you do at an agency might not be different from what you would have done as a volunteer. However, your approach to the work is different in the ASL program. You will be looking at the place, the people, your experiences, and your reactions to find out deeper meaning that relate to your course content. You learn something about the course you are taking by working in the community.
What kind of projects do students do in an ASL course?
It depends on the course you take and the partner organization. It may involve:
What are some of the organizations that Berkeley has partnered with for ASL projects?