Teaching through Service: Which model is right for you?

When and Where

May 11 2017 10:30-11:30AM | Evansdale Library G01 (TLC Sandbox)

Session Information

This session will focus on academic service as an innovative teaching method which can be implemented through several different models. Depending on desired learning outcomes, course level and class size, different models may be most effective.

The session will provide an overview of four specific civic engagement models that can be used to facilitate learning through service:
• Civic engagement – Students participate in a set amount of community service to learn more about community needs, the value of community involvement and to look for course content applied in the real world. Student can use iServe to find service projects that interest them and track hours.
• Individual or Group Service-Learning Projects – The CSL will find and present service projects from community identified needs that give students the opportunity to work individually or in groups. Projects are designed to be specifically connected to course learning outcomes.
• Instructor Led Service-Learning with Targeted Partner(s) – Entire class works together with a specific community partner(s) utilizing course content to meet the need identified by the community. Instructor selects partner(s) and helps to outline the project goals with the community partner.
• Action Project – Students choose an issue or area of interest, assess the needs or gaps in service and implement a plan of action to address the problem.

Those who attend this session will obtain a broader understanding of innovative strategies to incorporate service into their teaching while learning more about resources the Center for Service and Learning can provide to support them. Participants will learn how to designate their course as a service course and how they can get a teaching assistant to help with the service implementation.

The Center for Service and Learning believes the opportunity to present this information will enable faculty to enhance their teaching while also providing faculty the opportunity to showcase their innovations, successes and strategies for overcoming common challenges.


Lindsey Rinehart

Lindsey Rinehart

Lindsey Rinehart is the Academic Service-Learning Coordinator for the West Virginia University Center for Service and Learning. She has a background in community social work and experience working with diverse populations and systems. Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Shepherd University and a Master of Social Work from New York University. Lindsey has over ten years of experience working for community organizations to meet the needs of under-served populations, primarily focusing on mental health, substance abuse and homelessness. She has had the opportunity to supervise students as interns, volunteers and service-learners in a variety of settings and brings the viewpoint of a community stakeholder with her into her role working with students and faculty engaged in service-learning. Lindsey supports academic service-learning courses at WVU by working closely with faculty to support and highlight their use of service-learning. Lindsey is working to expand and improve service-learning across the university to ensure that as many WVU students as possible have the opportunity to experience this high impact learning opportunity while meeting real needs in our community.