Service Learning Course Designation Application Form
The Service Learning Course Designation Application Form is the first step to creating a service learning section of your course. Once the form has been signed by your chair and your dean, submit it to the Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement where it will be signed then forwarded to the registrar. Signed originals are required. A Service Learning Application Form must be submitted each semester a service learning section is desired.
Financial support is available to faculty who have a record of successfully leading service learning courses. Award amounts will vary based on need and funding availability.
The Faculty Assessment is a brief survey and is required for the incentive support to be paid. PDFs with digital signatures are accepted in place of hard copies.
A site assessment is required for all projects associated with designated service learning courses. The onus is on faculty to verify that work sites are appropriate and safe for students. Site assessments are due one week prior to course start dates.
Verifying Service Learning Hours
Hours worked on service learning projects are reported on transcripts when students submit a signed Service Learning Hours Verification form.
Verifying Volunteer Hours
Students can submit volunteer hours worked outside of the requirements for a service learning course to be included on their transcripts. These hours must be verified by an on-site supervisor or a UNO faculty or staff member.
Course Development Resources
The University of New Orleans Service Learning Guidebook is a resource for faculty, staff, students and community partners.
Service Learning (SL) courses assist faculty in building connections between course content and practical, real world application. Such courses can offer faculty an opportunity to establish partnerships within the community, conduct meaningful research, collaborate with community and campus leaders, and create significant teaching and learning opportunities for students. Additionally, designing service learning courses and creating SL research projects can create opportunities for outside funding and assist in developing grant-writing skills.
A reflection assessment allows students to connect learning in the classroom and their work with community partners. Meaningful reflection can be conducted in a group setting, in the classroom, at the community organization, or individually through course assignments.
We have provided a guide for reflection and a sample assessment form. While student assessments are a necessary component of service learning courses, you are not required to use this exact form.
Service Learning Organizations
- Campus Compact (UNO is a member institution)
- International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement