Course Tools and Resources
CSL has collected a variety of templates, worksheets and links to aid you in the development of your service-learning course. Our resources are organized under the following categories: (Click a link to proceed to that category.)
- Course Planning & Syllabus Development
- Hours Tracking
- Evaluation (Coming soon!)
- Additional Resources
This is your one-stop guide to developing your service learning course. With guidelines, best practices, and a wealth of sample documents, the Faculty Toolkit provides top-notch guidance in course development areas including:
Establishing Community-Campus Partnerships for Service-Learning
Establishing and Assessing Course Objectives, Learner Outcomes, and Competencies
Planning Course Instruction and Activities
Building Course Infrastructure
Sustaining a Service-Learning Course
SLICE is an easy-to-search database full of hundreds of high-quality service-learning lesson plans, syllabi, and project ideas. Lesson plans are submitted by educators and service-learning practitioners. You can even submit your own documents to expand the database!
SLICE is a resource of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
This document from the Northwest Indian College Center for Service Learning provides an excellent prompt as you develop your service-learning course. It guides faculty through consideration of aspects such as course and student learning objectives, preparation, reflection, curricular integration and other important factors. Worth taking a look at for any faculty member considering developing a service-learning-course
Student Service Contract (doc)
This contract provides a template for guiding student behavior and expectations related to their service opportunity. This contract also provides an opportunity for students to "pre-flect" on their service by setting their own goals and expectations related to their service.
We welcome you to provide this hours documentation form to your students for use in your Service Learning Course. This form records time in/out, hours spent, responsibilities, and requires a site supervisor signature (to be signed after each shift or at the end of the semester).
This Excel spreadsheet is intended to assist faculty in keeping track of students' service-learning progress throughout the semester. Information that can be tracked includes student contact information, the contact information of students' service sites and site supervisors, as well as service hours submitted by students. Formulas within the sheet can highlight students who have reached the service hours requirement set forth by the instructor.
This resource helps you to understand the role of reflection in Service-Learning courses, as well as your role as a facilitator. A number of ideas for reflection activities are included within, including the "What? So what? Now what?" activity commonly used on the Willamette campus. For more reflection ideas, we encourage you to explore the Higher Education Service-Learning Toolkit found above!
ABCs of Reflection Guide (doc)This document is intended to serve as a concise guide to Welch's ABCs of Reflection model (full article below). This guide provides additional sample prompts, as well as descriptions of the ABC categories that can be repurposed for use in describing the model to students.
This article describes the principles of Welch's ABC method of carrying out and evaluating student reflection. The ABC model encourages students to consider (a) what students learn (i.e., cognition), (b) what and how students feel (i.e., affect), and (c) how students behave before, during, and after learning experiences (i.e., behavior). This document is linked from another school; in the event that this link no longer works, please contact the CSL Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Service Learning Clearinghouse provides hundreds of sample forms and templates available for modification to fit your needs. Resource Categories include:
Lesson Planning Templates
Willamette's Mark O. Hatfield Library contains an array of service-learning materials. Some titles include:
Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices (Barbara Jacoby and Associates; foreword by Thomas Ehrlich)
Democratic Education in an Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship in Higher Education (Richard Guarasci, Grant H. Cornwell, and Associates)
Service Learning (Edited by Joan Schine)
Academic Service Learning: A Pedagogy of Action and Reflection (Robert A. Rhoads, Jeffery P.F. Howard, Editors)
Service-Learning: A Movement's Pioneers Reflect on its Origins, Practice, and Future (Timothy K. Stanton, Dwight E. Giles Jr., Nadinne I. Cruz; foreword by Goodwin Liu)
Where's the Learning in Service-Learning? (Janet Eyler, Dwight E. Giles, Jr.; foreword by Alexander W. Astin)
Leading Academic Change: Essential Roles for Department Chairs (Ann F. Lucas and Associates; foreword by R. Eugene Rice)
Service Learning for Youth Empowerment and Social Change (Edited by Jeff Claus and Curtis Ogden)
Developing and Implementing Service-Learning Programs (Mark Canada, Bruce W. Speck, Editors)