Service Learning 100
What is Service Learning?
Welcome to Service Learning 100 at Los Angeles Harbor College. Service Learning is a unique opportunity for you as a student to get hands-on experience in a real-world setting that will compliment and enhance the coursework you are learning in another of your current classes, referred to as your sending course. Not only will this volunteer experience benefit you as a learner but your service also helps meet the real needs of the surrounding community. In this course you will complete volunteer work within your community and then answer a series of questions (units 3-10 in the Service Learning Guidebook) regarding your volunteer experience that is turned in as a final paper, or Final Reflection paper.
There are three main tenets of Service Learning: Service, Reciprocity, and Reflection. Service is just that; the time you spend volunteering at the site or project of your choice. Reciprocity is the mutual benefit or aid that is shared by you and the community served; whereby you the student gain experience and credit and the agency/project/ community served benefits through your participation. The last part of Service Learning, Reflection, is what sets Service Learning apart from typical community service projects. Reflection is the active review of your service; how it benefits you as a learner and the recipients of your service, and how it relates to your sending course content. It is my goal that through Service Learning you will meet all ten of the listed Student Learning Outcomes and in addition you will begin to develop your own volunteerism and find how continued service to others can enrich your life and the lives of others more than just this one semester.
Prof. Lange offers extra credit to all students who complete either the Service Learning project at SAC (through the Service Learning Office) or the 1-unit class at LAHC. For SAC students, I will provide the Service Learning orientation schedule as soon as it is published each semester, including instructions on exactly what you need to complete in order to receive credit.