"credit-bearing educational experience in which students (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs, and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of curricular content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility " (Bringle and Hatcher, 1995).
Key Components in Service Learning Course
The SLAC reviewed several models to determine key components for success in university-based service learning. While we acknowledge that service learning models will vary by discipline, we recommend that every NIU service learning course do the following:
Provide meaningful engagement with the community
Make connections between civic learning and course material
Require a minimum of 20 service hours per course
Integrate service activities into the course with care
Understand and use reflection activities as rigorous teaching and learning strategy