Why AS-L

Why AS-L

Academic Service-Learning...

  • is a pedagogy
  • enhances students understanding of the course learning goals 
  • is a form of experiential education
  • meets community-identified needs
  • allows students to apply what they are learning in class in the community and learn while they are serving
  • focuses equally on learning and service
  • is reciprocal because it benefits both the student and the service recipient
  • helps build partnerships between colleges and community-based organizations

Academic Service-Learning is NOT...

  • internships, clinicals, or field studies which focus on learning rather than service
  • volunteerism which focuses on service and the service recipient but not on students and learning
  • free or convenient labor
  • work for pay
  • an "add-on"
  • a stand-alone, one-time project that does not relate to the course learning goals
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Volunteering/ Community Service Academic Service-Learning Internship  
Primary Intended Beneficiary

Recipient

Recipient and Provider

Provider

Primary Focus

Service

Service and Learning

Learning

Nature of Service

Based on Interest

Based on Academic Learning Outcomes

Based on Career or Industry