What is Service Learning?
Service learning is a form of experiential learning (making meaning through lived experience) that, as an integrated part of the course, engages student in service within a community. Student learning is promoted through this engagement with the community, giving the students a chance to use this active engagement as a means of understanding course concepts and meeting course learning objectives. Essentially, it is learning by doing.
What are the key elements of Service Learning?
Basically, the essential elements of Service Learning is to provide meaningful service to community partners, and to have clear connections between your course’s learning objectives and the service activities you engage in. Ultimately, it is to provide structured opportunities for you to gain new meaning from your experiences as you connect your experiences to your course’s objectives and goals.
What is the point of Service Learning?
The goals of Service Learning is to combine service and learning objectives and activities in a way that each reinforce the other, and that produces a much larger impact than either one could produce on their own. It also gives students a way to enhance their learning through allowing them to practice their skills and to put classroom knowledge to the test through related service experiences.
Why is Rove, Lacier and Piton engaged in the Service Learning Initiative?
Service Learning is something that is very important to us here at Rove, Lacier and Piton. One of our founders, Benjamin Rove, is particularly passionate service learning because of his own experiences being in the work force and then college. Mr. Rove saw a disconnect between the school curriculum and what he had experienced on the job. As a result, he felt it is important for companies to reach out to college students and the academic community to help bridge the gap between college education and “real life” experiences in the work force.
So what am I going to get out of all of this?
Through participating in service learning initiatives as service learning partners, students gain a multitude of benefits, which include (but are not limited to):
- Putting academic skills to the test in a relevant environment
- Having a “hands-on” experience of using skills and knowledge
- Opportunities that allow for different styles of learning
- Growth in your analytical skills
- Being much better prepared to graduate and face the real-world job market
- A chance to develop as effective and productive leaders