Service learning is a teaching method that promotes student success through active participation in meaningful and planned learning experiences in the community that contribute to the public good and are directly related to course content. Service learning courses may be identified through such indicators as: internship, fieldwork, field studies, applied, service learning, community engagement.
All faculty have access to resources through Blackboard. Go to your Organizations list, and you will find the Community Based Learning organization. There is information for faculty on:
For individual consultations and assistance with implementing service learning and community engagement, please email Emily Chow, Senior Coordinator, Center for Community Engagement firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Community Engagement supports course-related (academic) service learning experiences through the CalStateS4 system which manages student placements, community partnerships, and captures data. We manage the CalstateS4 application in an effort to centralize the student placement and risk management processes associated with community-based learning.
What is CalstateS4?
CalstateS4 is an online platform hosted by the Chancellor’s Office which manages student placements, facilitates the off-campus learning risk management process, and lists community partnership information. Students and faculty may use CalStateS4 for their courses to find and place with organizations who have a current agreement with CSUEB Center for Community Engagement.
Each student placement site or partner with whom students are completing service hours should have a current contract or MOU (per Executive Order 1064) on file with the University.
Also, each student should have a signed university waiver on file for their placement.
The S4 system manages all of this. All courses that we have identified as service learning are automatically loaded into S4 for student and faculty use. Any course may be loaded on a term-by-term basis if a faculty member would like to implement service learning.
The CCE engages in multiple forms of assessment of our programs, activities, and community partnerships. We also develop tools for faculty to use in assessing student learning and constructing strong service learning experiences. Sample rubrics:
Assessing Community Partnerships - Best Practices
Assessing Student Learning - Civic Engagement
Assessing Student Learning - Community Engagement
Service Learning Course Taxonomy - Specific to Service Learning Pedagogy
Community-based Learning Course Taxonomy - Broad Approaches Within Community Engagement