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Service-learning and Civic Engagement at IU Kokomo

Indiana University Kokomo encourages the use of the pedagogy of service-learning. Faculty members who integrate service that is tied to the curriculum teach through this method. This teaching process can have positive effects on student learning, university spirit, and community involvement and integration. Best of all, Service-learning moves the university and the community toward shared goals.

What is service-learning?

Service-Learning: (as defined by the National Service Learning Clearinghouse) is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Service Engagement: (as defined by Indiana Campus Compact*) refers to any endeavor that brings the community into the campus and the campus into the community, reciprocally, often addressing a social concern. Service engagement may include community service, volunteerism, civic engagement, and applied learning.

Faculty Resources: Service-learning Resources Guide This guide is a handy resource for anyone interested in service-learning. Information includes links to journal articles that describe service-learning and the incorporation of the service-learning pedagogy. The web guide was created by IUKs Reference and Information Services Librarian, Diane Bever.

Student Resources: Students are encouraged to participate in service-learning and civic engagement activities around campus. Many courses on campus incorporate service-learning or community service. Campus student organizations do community outreach projects and participate in many community services.

Community Resources: Many Indiana University Kokomo classes and student groups partner with community organizations to provide outreach at the local, state, national and international level. IU Kokomo and community service-learning partnerships can be found in multiple disciplines across the campus, including education, business, nursing, humanities, and social sciences to name a few. Also, student organizations often donate their time and resources to working for community service projects. Projects that are tied to the class curriculum and activities that will enhance student learning of specific topics are of interest to instructors.

*Indiana Campus Compact: IU Kokomo is a member of the Indiana Campus Compact (ICC). The ICC is a part of the National Campus Compact a national organization that works to promote civic engagement on campuses. Visit the website for Indiana Campus Compact or National Campus Compact for more information regarding Campus Compact training, resources, schedule/calendar, and grant opportunities.