Webinar: Designing a Successful Service-Learning Course: A Practical Approach

Posted by on April 6, 2009

Designing a Successful Service-Learning Course:  A Practical Approach
Tuesday, April 21st ~ 1-3 EDT
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This presentation will provide webinar participants with an understanding of the historical context and positive effects of service-learning on students, the campus and the community.  Participants will learn a proven, seven-step course development model that will take them through each critical phase of designing a successful service-learning course.  While primarily designed for novices, this presentation will also benefit faculty and staff currently involved in service-learning, as the presenter will reinforce guiding service-learning principles and provide new ideas for accomplishing them.


Participants will learn how to develop a service-learning course including:

(1) defining student learning outcomes
(2) defining scholarship and/or creative activity outcomes
(3) planning community collaboration
(4) designing the course
(5) handling logistics, contracts and risk management
(6) incorporating pedagogical tools (reflection, analysis, delivery and display)
(7) performing meaningful assessment.

Who should attend?

*      Vice Presidents
*      Instructional and Student Services Deans
*      Faculty
*      Student Success/Retention Specialists
*      Instructional Coordinators
*      Anyone interested in service-learning programs

Who is the instructor?

Maureen Shubow Rubin was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies at California State University, Northridge in 2006.  Prior to this position, since 1998 she served as founding director of the Center for Community-Service Learning where she helped to develop and secure funding for over 300 new service-learning classes.  She has written and implemented successful grant proposals to help students on her campus participate in projects centered on gang prevention, school readiness, computer literacy, self-help legal assistance, and bringing English and citizenship skills to immigrant elders, among others.  An experienced faculty trainer and peer mentor, she has published widely about service-learning pedagogy, civic engagement, community collaboration and effective outreach. In 2001, she was awarded the Richard E. Cone Award from California Campus Compact for excellence and leadership in cultivating community partnerships in higher education.

Rubin joined the University in 1984 as a professor of journalism where she specialized in teaching law, public relations and media ethics, all of which have been subjects of numerous articles she wrote for both scholarly journals and mainstream media. In 1993, she was voted Outstanding Journalism Educator in the State of California by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Prior to joining the university, Rubin was Director of Public Information for President Carter’s Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs in the White House, and held similar positions for a U.S. Congresswoman and Consumer Federation of America. Rubin is a graduate of the Catholic University School of Law In Washington, D.C., holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Relations from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Boston University.

Valerie Kisiel
Innovative Educators

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