Service Learning

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“Service Learning 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”(The Carnegie Foundation).


Service learning actively engages students in the community. As a form of experiential learning, it provides direct experience and hands-on learning to develop skills useful in future careers, family life, and community involvement. It can help develop critical thinking through involvement in situations conducive to creative, effective problem-solving. It can also enhance students’ social responsibility by expanding their compassion, civic awareness, and desire to be engaged in the community.Service-learning projects are developed by connecting student learning objectives and community need. As such, the resulting partnership is mutually beneficial for all parties. The project activities and deliverables can vary widely as service learning can take on many forms. See  Six Models for Service Learning for some examples.


At UConn, the  Office of Service-Learning (OSL), as part of the Office of Public Engagement, supports academic and program focused service learning at the University; the staff can help you get started on developing your service-learning course or project.


To learn more about the faculty benefits of service learning, visit Service Learning Faculty Overview.


Visit National Campus Compact for models of service learning across disciplines and institutions.

Six Models for Service Learning

Office of Service-Learning (OSL)

Service Learning Faculty Overview

National Campus Compact