Course Design

The Nine Principles of Effective Service Learning (Howard, 2001)

  1. Academic credit is for learning, not for service.
  2. Do not compromise academic rigor.
  3. Establish learning objectives.
  4. Establish criteria for the selection of service placements.
  5. Provide educationally sound learning strategies to harvest community learning and realize course learning objectives.
  6. Prepare students for learning from the community.
  7. Minimize the distinction between the students’ community learning role and classroom learning role.
  8. Rethink the faculty instructional role.
  9. Be prepared for variation in, and some loss of control with, student learning outcomes.