Service Learning

The Community-Based Learning Progam assists faculty with locating community-based organizations that are interested in service-learning partnerships. Faculty may arrange a consultation about linking to community partners by contacting the director of the Community-Based Learning Program.

At the University of Iowa, service learning is defined as "... a way of teaching and learning that incorporates community engagement into academic coursework. Guided reflection links community-based student experience to course learning goals and objectives. Service-learning experiences respond to real community needs and enhance students’ civic responsibility."
(Note: This definition is provided by the UI Center for Teaching.)

Service Learning Resources

The UI Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP) has worked with community partners, UI faculty, staff and students to create guidelines for best practices for community partnerships:

Other Resources for Service Learning:


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