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Outreach and service learning Best practices. Service learning— Often within a course (students get credit) Students combine academic learning with practice which involves community interaction or civic engagement. Outreach overlaps with service learning Student or faculty-driven.

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Outreach and service learning best practices

Outreach and service learningBest practices

  • Service learning—

    • Often within a course (students get credit)

    • Students combine academic learning with practice which involves community interaction or civic engagement.

  • Outreach

    • overlaps with service learning

    • Student or faculty-driven.

    • Provides education to the community.

    • Partnership


Outreach and service learning

Outreach and service learning

  • Best Practices

    • Campus-based support

      • Faculty, administration

    • Coordinated efforts

    • Partnership

      • Must work for both sides, need to know the goals for both

    • Knowledge of the time investment

    • Faculty and/or the college value

      • part of your job or need to make choices or do it at the right time?

    • Assessment and document

      • # students, types of activities, impact and learning.

    • Broad dissemination

      • built in from the beginning.

    • Use the literature—you don’t need to reinvent the assessment tools, etc.

    • Coordinated/organized,

      • having a model that everyone can plug into

      • infrastructure in place would be a good thing


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Outreach and service learning

  • Challenges

    • Faculty buy-in can be tricky

    • Finding partners

    • Time-consuming to set up partnerships and coordinate efforts

    • Unmet partnership expectations

    • Financial limitations

    • Legal limitations (i.e. safety, risk)

    • Documenting efforts

    • Assessing learning and outcomes


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Outreach and service learning

  • An inter-campus student learning/outreach project!

    • Open to any UAN

    • Student-driven

  • Overarching goals of group outreach project

    • Create the next generation of civically engaged students

      • use of the inter-campus project to foster engagement

    • Communication with other students on other campuses

    • Broader perspective of outreach for our students

    • Broader perspective of students

      • other campuses/students/community needs

    • Understanding that each campus/student brings something valuable to the project


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Outreach and service learning

  • Outreach topics

    • Not prescriptive, but a common theme across campuses ‘nutrition’ or ‘food’

    • Theme is student-selected

      • Understanding food origins

      • Genetically-modified foods

      • vaccination

  • Outreach ‘community’

    • Must be defined by the campus

      • why are they ‘different’

    • K-12

    • Community

    • business majors


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Outreach and service learning

  • Ideas/projects

    • Find local groups—bring the science to them.

    • Café Scientifique—on or off campus

    • Public discourse course—incorporate into a course or an assignment

    • Cornmeal lab–gene amplification to determine organic or genetically modified

    • Forensic analysis labs

    • Community could bring in samples

    • CO2 lab


Service learning and outreach the project

Service Learning and OutreachThe project

  • Student connection

    • Facebook

    • Bus trip

    • Skype

    • Regional UAN meetings

    • National ASBMB meeting

    • Partnerships between students across projects with different ‘tasks’

  • Report-back loop


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