Strategies for Developing Service Learning Across the Disciplines
This first of its kind symposium in New Jersey will focus on a Campus Compact agenda to advance and expand the quality and quantity of service learning courses being offered on all campuses across the state. This agenda is necessary to ensuring that recognized High Impact Practices are made available fairly and equitably to students of all means, races, backgrounds, and importantly, regardless of choice of college – practices that are accepted as beneficial to student retention and success, along with many other benefits to communities and campus culture alike.
The symposium is broadly suited to a range of faculty experiences, from those not yet versed in service learning practices, right through to more advanced service learning practitioners. In addition, administrators should come to learn about how to support faculty in developing service learning courses. The collective benefit of this breadth of audience is to ensure that we build the network of service learning enthusiasts right here in the Garden State, with the support of Campus Compact.
DURING SEVERAL PANEL PRESENTATIONS AND AT LENGTH WORKSHOP SESSIONS, REGISTERED FACULTY WILL:
Design and develop new service learning courses or enhance existing ones.
Learn important strategies for developing and assessing courses that positively impact students' civic and moral responsibilities to their communities.
Learn how to use several assessment tools to help determine student learning outcomes that contribute to student success.
Learn about outcomes for building a culture of service learning on campus, but also about barriers to community engagement.
Introductions and Current State of Affairs for Community Engagement in Higher Education
Facilitated by Dr. Saul Petersen, Executive Director of New Jersey Campus Compact
Overview: This will include an overview of barriers to community engagement on NJ higher education campuses, as well as positive outcomes for building a culture of community engagement and service learning on campus. Additional testimony to be provided by NJ Campus Compact Civic Leadership Committee.
Morning Session Panel I: Service Learning 101 and Assessment Practices
Panel includes Lori Moog, Professor Lisa Tucker, Raritan Valley Community College
Overview: With increasing demands for accountability in higher education, learning important course development and assessment strategies can positively impact the quality of service learning programs that build students' civic and moral responsibilities to their communities. This session will offer a practical framework for helping students address significant social concerns, engage them as both learners and responsible citizens, and assess their service learning outcomes that enhance the quality of life for students and the community.
Lunch and Panel II: Community Partner Development, Student Buy-In, and Assignment Ideas
Panel includes: Latoya Wilson, Middlesex County College; Professor Kristin Kenneavy, Ramapo College; Geoffrey Fouad, Monmouth University; and Professor Darius Solluhub, NJIT
Overview: This panel will discuss HOW you cultivate community partner relationships, what good community partnership practices are, and potential pitfalls to watch out for. Also, the panel will outline tried and tested practices that increase and maintain student buy-in for service learning experiences and what assignments can prove exciting to students in ways that generate their commitment to the process.
Afternoon Workshop Session - Course Activity for Faculty to Have a Blueprint For Integrating Service Learning Into a Course
Facilitated by Lori Moog, Raritan Valley Community College
Overview: As faculty endeavor to design and develop new service learning experiences or enhance existing ones, various considerations need to be made. Student population, timing, duration, location, curricular components, and scope of work are just some elements that need attention. Additionally, a variety of assessment measures will help to determine student learning outcomes and contribute to student success.
Reflection- Pair and Share and Report Out; Next Steps
Facilitated by Dr. Saul Petersen and Lori Moog
Brought to you by New Jersey Campus Compact
Civic Leadership Subcommittee for the Faculty Symposium:
Lori Moog, Raritan Valley Community College; Vivian Lanzot, NJIT; Kristin Kenneavy, Ramapo College; Susan Rosenbloom, Drew University; Jonathan Lincoln, William Paterson University; Latoya Wilson, Middlesex County College; and Saul Petersen, NJ Campus Compact