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Service Learning at Oakland University Check List. This checklist can serve as a guide to incorporate service learning into a course. It should not serve as the sole resource used.

First consider the desired outcomes of the project:

  • What do I want students to learn/accomplish
  • Is another project/assignment or test going to be removed or altered in order to incorporate this project into the course (rather than just add it on)
  • I know the course goals/outcomes and how the service learning projects relates to them

Choose the type of service learning:

  • Project completed solely at the community organization (students serving in some capacity at the organization, such as performing direct service or working in the organization)
  • Project completed outside of community organization then presented to the org (such as a business plan, financial evaluation, etc)

Community Partnerships:

  • Is there a community partner in mind or will students choose an organization to work with
  • What type of organization is best to work with
  • Has the community organization been contacted regarding this project


  • Grading of the service project (guidelines or rubric exists)
  • Grading of reflection  (guidelines or rubric exists)
  • Will students evaluate the effectiveness of this project or have some means to express their satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) of the project

Structured Reflection:

  • Type of reflection has been considered and exits and is spread out over the course of the semester/project
  • Journals, presentations, discussions creativity, etc
  • Reflection challenges and allows students to think beyond the day to day activities and see the deeper meaning associated with their service learning experience
  • Reflection allows students to see how the project relates to the course

Safety Overview:

  • Risk and Liability issues have been considered
  • Including the project on the course syllabus reduces safety liability
  • Will students need to fill out a waiver to participate in volunteer activities

Overview Checklist:

  • Contact the Office of Academic Service Learning
  • Considered Community partner(s). Will students choose their own organization or is the faculty member choosing an organization?
  • The project is mentioned in the syllabus
  • The project is linked to course goals or outcomes
  • Reflection activities are included in the project
  • The three elements of service learning are included: structured reflection, meaningful service, and clear connection between the course and service project.
  • This project will benefit the community
  • I know the goal I have in mind for my students to complete this project
  • I have decided how to evaluate this component of the course
  • A list of the required components (for the project) to give students (either in the syllabus or on a separate handout) has been developed
In April Tiffany Sims, the Michigan Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA serving at Oakland University presented on service learning to faculty. The power point she used for her presentation is available here This is another resources available for use to develop a service learning project. This should not be the only resource used: Contact the Office of Academic Service Learning
Scott L. Crabill, Ph.D.
Office of Academic Service Learning
520 O'Dowd
Rochester, MI 48309

Tiffany Sims
49 Oakland Center