What is Service-Learning?
At VCU, service-learning refers to an intentional teaching strategy that engages students in organized service activities and guided reflection. The service activities benefit the community and, in combination with reflection and other classroom-based learning activities, enhance the academic curriculum of participating students.
Service-learning designation is reserved for those credit-bearing academic experiences that involve each enrolled student in a minimum of 20 hours of service per semester, as well as in planned reflection activities. Classes that meet these criteria appear in the university’s Schedule of Classes and on the students’ transcripts as designated service-learning courses.
VCU Statement of Service-learning
Service-learning at VCU is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets community-identified needs. Students reflect on the service activity to increase understanding and application of course content, and to enhance a sense of civic responsibility.
If you would like to learn more about service-learning, several websites can provide you with basic information about service-learning theory and practice. We recommend you visit the National Service-learning Clearinghouse and Campus Compact to learn more about the pedagogy of service-learning.