Teaching Excellence Workshop:
Service-Learning Assessment: Keeping the Learning in Service-Learning
Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
Center for Teaching Excellence, Thomas Cooper Library, Room 511
Developing a meaningful service-learning experience for students starts with articulated learning outcomes - stating the specific course content you want your students to learn from their community involvement. The process is completed by structuring the course assessments in such a way as to connect the community experience to these defined learning outcomes. When done right, student reflection is a powerful assessment method for service-learning, guiding students to discover, explore and evaluate relationships between course content, learning outcomes and their community experiences. Critical, structured reflection can ensure the integrative nature of the experience.
This workshop will highlight key principles of reflection as a primary service-learning assessment activity, identify useful resources and suggest activities that can be modified to be used across the curriculum. Whether you currently teach a course with a service-learning component or if you are considering developing one, this information on reflection activities will illuminate options for effective assessment through reflection.
Drinks and chips will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch or pick up a sandwich from the coffee shop on the main level of the library.
About the Facilitator
Dr. John Grady is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sport & Entertainment Management at USC. His research is focused on Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and accommodating sport and entertainment patrons with disabilities. Through his teaching, research, and service, Dr. Grady encourages sport and entertainment service providers to find new and innovative ways to enhance accessibility and increase opportunities for people with disabilities.