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Academic Service Learning

This guide is designed to be a starting place for instructor's who are looking for information on Academic Service Learning. It includes definitions, resources to get started, research, and to find out more about what others have done.

Center for Academic Service Learning

The UW-Superior Center for Academic Service Learning is the place on campus to find resources and information on community partnerships at UW-Superior.

Additionally, the AS-L initiative aims to make UW-Superior a regional leader in academic service learning, thus providing a distinctively public quality to UW-Superior's liberal arts mission.

Phone: 715-394-8518

What is Academic Service Learning?

What it is...

  • 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

What it isn't...

  • internships, clinical's, 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