Remember, the Center for Service-Learning is here to help! We can answer any questions you may have, provide resources or examples, help brainstorm ideas of how to integrate service-learning into the classroom, help find potential community partners and projects, and really anything that relates to service-learning or civic engagement here at the College. You can reach us at: ServiceLearning@ccga.edu or by phone at (912) 279-5716 or (912) 279-5976.
Service-Learning Scholars Program
The Service-Learning Scholars Workshop provides the opportunity for a select cohort of College of Coastal Georgia faculty to engage in dialogue about student-centered, experiential education that promotes academic learning while serving genuine community needs. The intensive two-week workshop series, facilitated by the Director of Service-Learning, is designed to deepen faculty participants' understanding of service-learning and guide them as they integrate S-L into their course curriculum and pedagogy. Foundational information on service-learning and community partnership building is covered through discussion, online reading modules, and veteran service-learning faculty member presentations. Participating faculty commit to incorporating service-learning into at least one new or existing course within an academic year.
If you have questions or comments about the program, please feel free to contact the Center for Service-Learning at ServiceLearning@ccga.edu.
Faculty can benefit personally and professionally from integrating service-learning into courses. Teaching with service-learning can give faculty the opportunity to:
Promote Excellence in Teaching
- Engage and motivate students
- Establish connections between theory and application
- Connect meaningful service to current issues as they relate to academic areas of interest
- Engage students with an innovative and creative teaching method that departs from the lecture-driven classroom
- Provide increased student contact while contributing to student development
- Increase overall increased awareness of community issues, encouraging faculty to shift from the "expert on top” to the “expert on tap"
- Inspire other innovative teaching methods
- Demonstrate how academic theories and information become relevant as they are applied to actual situations
- Enhance faculty members’ ability to achieve curricular goals of the course
- Improve communication of theoretical concepts through the availability of community-based learning experiences
- Empower students by the use of their knowledge and skills in a service/real-world capacity
- Help foster growth of student dependability, responsibility, and professionalism
- Deepen faculty-student connections & enhanced understanding of students
Provide Service to the Community
- Build community and college relationships
- Contribute to the community
- Foster a culture of student participation and leadership on campus
- Promote an environment that encourages personal and civic responsibility
- Contribute to student retention by helping students develop a sense of community within the class and an active culture of intellectual discourse
- Encourage a better understanding of the social and moral implications of education and of civic and social responsibility
- Offer opportunities to tap into expertise of community agencies as co-educators and research collaborators
Achieve Quality in Community-Based Research
- Boost interdisciplinary and collaborative partnerships.
- Identify areas for research and publication related to current issues
- Connect academic discipline to social issues and problems
- Broaden areas for research and publication related to current societal demands
- Present new possibilities for research and publication related to current trends and issues
- Inspire individual faculty interests and enthusiasm