Take advantage of a new online training companion to the 2006 edition of AACC's book, A Practical Guide for Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum. AACC's civic responsibility trainers developed a series of free online video training modules as part of a grant from Learn and Serve America. The modules—produced by Central New Mexico Community College—demonstrate how to use the Guide and how to lead a civic responsibility workshop for college faculty and staff. View the AACC Civic Responsibility Modules sequentially (a total of 53 minutes) or individually:
Supplemental civic responsibility workshop materials:
Syllabus and Course Design
Service learning components and expectations should be featured in any course syllabus or related outlines and handouts. A publication from Campus Compact, "Service-Learning Course Design for Community Colleges," includes sample course descriptions, detailed models, syllabi, and ready-to-use tools. See www.compact.org.
AACC's "A Practical Guide for Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum" includes three syllabus analysis and course design exercises that can be useful in a faculty development workshop setting.
For additional curriculum tools and resources, visit the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse at www.servicelearning.org.
The following templates from AACC's project, Make It Personal: College Completion, are intended for adaptation and use by community college faculty. Each template includes standard features such as academic objectives, pregnancy planning/prevention objectives, preparation, materials, assessment, and service learning activities. Faculty teaching the courses found that students were more engaged in their learning and recognized the importance of pregnancy planning/prevention to complete their college goals.
**More course templates will be posted below in the coming weeks.**
Critical reflection is the key to connecting course content with practical service experience. Refer to the sections below for more information.
If you are looking for instruments to evaluate or assess progress in service learning, you may want to review and/or modify four instruments that AACC grantee colleges have used successfully.
More assessment instruments (student learning outcomes, civic engagement, retention/persistence, community impact) will be added in October 2012.