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Communities of Practice

International Service Learning Teaching & Learning Circle

Individually, service learning and study abroad are considered High-Impact Educational Practices. Research has shown them to have marked effects on promoting “deep learning” among students at all levels of the curriculum. Increasingly, practitioners in these areas have begun to connect both educational strategies into what has been labeled “International Service Learning” (ISL). However, experience indicates that effective ISL does not come from an “add service to international experience and stir approach.” Rather, instructional designers need to navigate a range of additional conceptual and logistical issues to design and implement high-quality and effective ISL courses that embody best practices in service learning and international study abroad. 


To promote best practices in ISL course development, the Center for Service and Learning and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) began co-sponsoring a community of practice devoted to ISL. The group began meeting monthly in January 2011 and continued meeting actively through May 2012.

Group members met once per month to read and discuss key articles related to ISL, as well as to participate in organized “working sessions” to design/redesign key elements of new or existing ISL programs. The sessions also provided an opportunity to develop and evaluate methods of assessment in relation to civic learning outcomes or to develop new scholarship altogether.

The group met one Friday per month over lunch.  Additional information regarding the Circle is listed below. To learn about current projects involving international or global service learning, please contact Mary Price at price6@iupui.edu.

  • Increase the number and quality of ISL and internationalized domestic service learning courses at IUPUI.
  • Promote the use of best practices among instructors of ISL courses at IUPUI.
  • Provide peer learning opportunities for faculty and staff interested or engaged in ISL.
  • Develop a community of practitioner-scholars with an interest in scholarly teaching as it relates to ISL.
  • Completion of a new or revised course design, implementation, and assessment plan.
  • Development of general and discipline-specific expertise in ISL.
  • Increased understanding of key concepts and issues for course designers, students, and host communities, and how to prepare for them.
  • Increased understanding and confidence in designing effective and high-quality ISL courses.
  • Increased awareness and use of resources available to IUPUI faculty and staff to support ISL course design and implementation.
  • Completion of a basic literature review for participants interested in conducting research and scholarship on their ISL course or other issues in ISL.
Members and Projects

2011-12 Members:

  • Brian Culp, Physical Education and Tourism Management (Program location: Kenya)
  • Yao-Yi Fu, Physical Education and Tourism Management (Program location: Kenya)
  • Claudia Grossman, School of Liberal Arts (Program location: Germany)
  • Young-Bok Hong, Herron School of Art and Design (Program location: S. Korea)
  • Carina King, Physical Education and Tourism Management
  • Steve Kirchhoff, IU School of Medicine
  • Stephanie Leslie, Director of Study Abroad, Office of International Affairs
  • Angeles Martinez-Mier, IU School of Dentistry (Program location: Mexico)
  • Mary Price, Center for Service and Learning
  • Mary Beth Riner, IU School of Nursing
  • Armando Soto, IU School of Dentistry (Program location: Mexico)
  • Susan Tenant, IU School of Liberal Arts (Program: Paros, Greece)
  • Dawn Whitehead, Honors College and Office of International Affairs (Program locations: Ghana and Kenya)
What is ISL?

A structured academic experience in another country in which students (a) participate in an organized service activity that addresses identified community needs; (b) learn from direct interaction and cross-cultural dialogue with others; and (c) reflect on the experience in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a deeper understanding of global and intercultural issues, a broader appreciation of the host country and the discipline, and an enhanced sense of their own responsibilities as citizens, locally and globally.

Bringle and Hatcher (2010: 19)

ISL Across the Disciplines at IUPUI
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Planning and Logistics


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