Teaching Excellence Workshop:
Service-Learning Success: Planning and Troubleshooting
Bret Kloos, Associate Professor of Psychology
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Center for Teaching Excellence, Thomas Cooper Library, Room 511
This workshop will offer advice, tips and strategies rooted in basic service-learning principles to help you offer a smooth-running service-learning experience for your students. Successful experiences result from planning. How do you prepare students to engage in a community outside of their comfort zone in a respectful and professional way? How do you invest in partner development to ensure a smooth experience? Successful experiences also benefit from resilience. What do you do when things don’t work out as planned? How do respond to keep the partnership viable? As the course instructor, you give up some control whenever you assign students work outside of the classroom. Up-front planning and on-the-spot troubleshooting strategies will help the experience run smoothly for you and your students. Just getting started with service-learning? Are you already teaching a service-learning course? Either way, come to this workshop to learn how to prevent problems before they arise and how to respond if they do!
About the Facilitator
Bret Kloos recently taught a course titled "Community Research and Action Addressing Homelessness in Columbia" for the South Carolina Honors College. Students created projects to translate findings from critical analyses of local homelessness into programs of action to assist community-based agencies in effectively responding to the needs of their constituents. Bret is an Associate Professor of Psychology. He specializes in the areas of community psychology and recovery from serious mental illness. His teaching interests include community psychology, community intervention, community mental health, research methods, and social psychology.