E-Service-Learning: Integrating community-engaged pedagogies in the virtual classroom

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

During this session, participants will explore strategies for implementing community-engaged pedagogies, such as E-service-learning, in the online learning environment.  A brief literature review will be presented on the limited scholarship available on the topic followed by a presentation of strategies adopted by the presenter, lessons learned, and helpful tips.  Logistical considerations as well as alignment of student learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessments will be discussed.  The session will also provide an opportunity for participants to their experiences in integrating e-service-learning in virtual classrooms.

Extended Abstract

E-service-learning.  The day-long professional development workshop series presented seminal research on implementing community-engaged pedagogies in the online environment and strategies for executing successful E-service-learning in online course.  Unlike the presenters, I was relatively new to E-service-learning; however, I had expertise and experience with both community engagement activities and teaching online courses.  As with any traditional, face-to-face course transformation to a hybrid or fully online format, the integration of service-learning requires thoughtful planning and a significant redesign of the course.  Bearing this need in mind, I applied to and was accepted to a course redesign institute during which I focused on the integration of e-service-learning into one of my online course.

In this session, I will share the literature I reviewed in preparation for the course redesign.  Though limited, online educators can benefit from empirical evidence of effective strategies to facilitate E-service-learning.  In addition to the nuances of presenting related course content virtually and providing adequate space for virtual teams of students to execute the project, online educators exploring E-service-learning must also consider best practices for community engagement and developing and sustaining the campus-community partnerships through which S-service-learning occurs.  Multiple lays of planning and consideration of additional stakeholders, such as community partners and additional student and/or community partner support staff, complicate such a course redesign.  However, the results of such commitment are higher perceptions of community among students, gains in civic-mindedness, increased retention and progression, and positive community impacts.

During this session, participants will be asked to reflect on and share their experience with E-service-learning and share lessons learned.  Additionally, the presenter will facilitate an interactive curriculum planning activity designed to support participants’ exploration of E-service-learning in their own classes.  The activity will include planning exercises and documents that can be shared among faculty and staff and the participants’ home institutions.  Participants will learn how E-service-learning is beneficial to students and community partners, how to design and implement E-service-learning projects, and explore how to assess student learning related to the project.