Service-learning is a teaching strategy used in thousands of universities and community colleges across the nation. Service-learning is a form of experiential learning that allows students to give back to their communities.
Faculty who incorporate service-learning into their classes at WCC find many benefits:
- Professional development opportunities
- Increased retention of learning for students
- More engaged students by reaching various learning styles
- Increased satisfaction with the quality of student learning
- Learning comes alive in the classroom by connecting course material and real-world issues
- Faculty connect across disciplines through a shared teaching method
- Numerous benefits for WCC students
Click on the drop-down tabs below for information and resources on service-learning.
For All Faculty
Official Service-Learning Guide -- for all faculty:
- WCC's step-by-step guide for carrying out service-learning. Located on the Public Service-Learning Burrows folder: Burrows --> PUBLIC --> Service-Learning
Getting Started -- for new faculty:
- 7 Steps PowerPoint: for first-time incorporation of service-learning into a course (WCC SL Program)
- Syllabus Checklist: to guide faculty in successful integration of service-learning into a course (WCC SL Program)
For Your Class:
- Service-Learning PowerPoint: an introduction used to explain service-learning to students (WCC SL Program)
- WCC Service-Learning Community Partners: a list of organizations and opportunities categorized by topic for faculty and/or student use (WCC SL Program)
- Every service-learning student must fill out the Participant Form and the Time Log. These are located on the Public Service-Learning Burrows folder for student forms and additional resources. Burrows --> PUBLIC --> Service-Learning
- Service-Learning Sample Syllabi: to spark ideas for service-learning projects. Syllabi are categorized by academic disciplines (Campus Compact)
- Service-Learning Sample Project Models: to spark ideas for service-learning projects. Projects are categorized by issue, population, and field (Campus Compact)
- www.campuscompact.org: Campus Compact provides resources, overview, and understanding of service-learning
- www.servicelearning.org: The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is another helpful resource that provides tools, overview, and understanding of service-learning
This calendar includes important dates and deadlines for all faculty involved in service-learning at WCC for the 2012-2013 academic year. Please view the events page for one-time service opportunities, event details, and service-learning student workshops.
- Sept. 21: Faculty workshop
- Sept. 27: Classes begin
- Oct. 6: Run/walk to support SL Program
- Oct. 11: Community Schmooze Fest for faculty and community partners
- Oct. 8-12: Students choose service-learning option and/or select placement
- Oct. 15-19: Students contact their chosen community partner
- Oct. 24: Student Participant forms due to SL staff via faculty
- Oct. 27: Make a Difference Day event
- Nov. 12: Veterans Day (no classes)
- Nov 21-25: Thanksgiving break (no classes)
- Dec. 7: Last day for students to complete evaluations via the SL website
- Dec. 7: Student time logs due to SL staff via faculty
- Dec 14: Last day of quarter
- Jan. 3: Classes begin
- Jan. 14-18: Students choose service-learning option and/or select placement
- Jan. 21-25: Students contact their chosen community partner
- Jan. 21: MLK Day of Service event (no classes)
- Jan. 30: Student Participant forms due to SL staff via faculty
- Feb 18: Presidents Day (no classes)
- Feb. 19: Professional Development Day / faculty workshop (no classes)
- Mar. 15: Last day for students to complete evaluations via the SL website
- Mar. 15: Dec. 7: Student time logs due to SL staff via faculty
- Mar. 22: Last day of quarter
- Apr. 2: Classes begin
- TBD: Faculty workshop
- Apr. 8-12: Students choose service-learning option and/or select placement
- Apr. 15-19: Students contact their chosen community partner
- Apr. 20: Earth Day volunteer celebration
- Apr. 24: Student Participant forms due to SL staff via faculty
- TBD: Honors Cords for Service application deadline for graduating students
- May 27: Memorial Day (no classes)
- TBD: Service-Learning Celebration for faculty, students, and community partners
- Jun. 7: Last day for students to complete evaluations via the SL website
- Jun. 7: Student time logs due to SL staff via faculty
- Jun. 14: Last day of quarter
- Jun. 14: Commencement
7 Steps PowerPoint: for first-time incorporation of service-learning into a course (WCC SL Program)
Service-learning can be integrated into all academic disciplines. Some disciplines require a bit more creativity than others. For more examples and sample course syllabi for most disciplines visit: www.compact.org/category/syllabi.
- Math: Students choose a non-profit to help with data collection and analysis based on the agency's need.
- Anthropology: Students assist local tribes in tracking Coho salmon escapement while learning about tribal fishing rights.
- Communications: Students provide guided historical tours of the Roeder Home, a historic gem from Bellingham's early history, to school groups and the general public.
- Music: Musicians share their gifts with the elderly or those with developmental disabilities, two populations that often lack interaction with others, while honing their performance skills.
- ESL: Students learning English team up with a native English-speaking student and practice their language skills while volunteering at organizations such as the Bellingham Community Meal program, Parks and Recreation, or Habitat for Humanity.
Search through the WCC Service-Learning Community Partners and Opportunities list to find the right fit for your service-learning class. The service-learning staff can help facilitate a meeting once you have found a match. If you would like to work with an organization that is not already included in this list, please contact the service-learning staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we are happy to connect with the organization. Community partners and opportunities are categorized by topic. Note: opportunities are subject to change.
Sample syllabi can provide helpful ideas for faculty who are new to service-learning.
- EDUC 202: Introduction to Education, Debra Seabury
- NUTR 101: Introduction to Nutrition, Laurie Gill
- SPAN 295: Spanish Honors Seminar, Angela Enderberg
Note: view the syllabus checklist to ensure that all bases are covered when planning a course that uses service-learning.
- Consider the learning outcomes of the course and how service could help students reach those outcomes and enrich their learning experience.
- The service-learning experience should be fully integrated into the course in order for deeper learning to occur. This may include class discussions, reflection assignments, and related readings. Service-learning should not be an "add-on."
- The service-learning experience should be mutually beneficial, addressing the needs in the community while meeting the course's learning outcomes. The Service-Learning Community Partners list includes over 90 local organizations and opportunities, helping to meet this mutually beneficial goal.
- Engage students in meaningful reflection, which allows students to make deeper connections to the academic content of the course, gain a better understanding of how they were personally affected by the service, and increase their commitment to civic responsibility. Reflection can take the form of journaling, writing a paper, class discussions, presentations, multimedia projects, etc.
- Student assessment should be based on learning not just service. Just like traditional assignments, students should be assessed on their demonstration of learning the core concepts, not simply on finishing a set number of hours.
- The Service-Learning Coordinator is available during all the steps of creating a service-learning component in your course. If you are thinking about incorporating service-learning in your class, contact her at SL@whatcom.ctc.edu or ex. 3072.
New to service-learning or wondering how others are doing things? View the list of faculty who have been involved with service-learning from small to large-scale involvement. Connect with others for tips, resource sharing, and general advice.
Arts and Humanities Division
Visual & Performing Arts: Ron Correll, Caryn Friedlander, Katherine Morgan
English Composition & Literature: Wendy Borgesen
World Languages: Angela Enderberg
Academic Resources and Health Professions Division
Health Professions: Mary Mele
Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering Division
Sciences: Doreen Dewell, Laurie Gill, David Kern, Debra Lancaster, Meyyappan Kumar, Eli Loomis, Kirsten McDade, Doug McKeever, Tran Phung
Social Sciences and Business Division
Social Sciences: Jan Adams, Anna Booker, Kristin Conley, Dominique Coulet du Gard, Martha Hagan, Meyyappan Kumar, Laura Overstreet, Debra Seabury, Bob Riesenberg, Carol Wilkinson
Business, Law and Technologies: David Evreats
These faculty are experienced and wonderful service-learning faculty who have offered to help answer questions for new service-learning faculty.
- Laura Overstreet, Psychology; email@example.com, x3540
- Laurie Gill, Nutrition; firstname.lastname@example.org, x3225
For questions regarding service-learning, contact Kristine Smith, Service-Learning Faculty Coordinator, at email@example.com or call (360) 383-3072.