Creating Your Newest Community Service-Learning Experience
31st Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), June 15-18, 2011, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Abstract adapted from
the workshop’s page on the conference website
A half-day pre-conference workshop was offered to STLHE 2011 conference attendees. This CSL workshop brought together experienced CSL practitioners from across the country to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in building a CSL course or project.
The workshop began with a brief introduction to CSL in Canada, and then addressed the basic pedagogical considerations common to most CSL programming: service components, building relationships with community, integration with learning goals, assessment and evaluation, and sustainability.
Presenters provided examples of CSL models from across Canada, focusing on how each of these puts CSL theory into practice: co-curricular programming that spans an institution; upper-year courses that draw on content knowledge from a specific discipline; and interdisciplinary courses built directly around the CSL experience. We will also consider high school programming, and how CSL-experienced student participants may stabilize or shift the structure of a post-secondary CSL program.
Workshop participants divided into subgroups for hands-on development of a prototype of the approach to CSL that most interested them, working with facilitators to build a short presentation to the group as a whole at the end of the workshop, which spurred further discussion.