The Student Service Learning Experience

There are two (simultaneous) parts to the CTL Service Learning experience:

1. Students are enrolled in CTLB03 – Introduction to Service Learning (under 'Teaching and Learning' in the UTSC Calendar)

CTLB03 is our 0.5 credit course with two lecture hours per week. In this course, students are familiarized with service learning concepts and key skills to get the most out of their placement. CTLB03 assignments and evaluations include readings, discussions, a research paper or portfolio, and critical self-reflective writing to continually monitor and assess how their service experience enhances their own scholarship.
Click here to see a sample course syllabus.

2. Students complete a Placement

Placements can be in-reach or outreach (see below) and require 5 – 7 hours/week of active involvement with a placement partner (during the 11 – 12 weeks the student is enrolled in the CTLB03 course).
 
i. In-Reach: Students who have successfully completed a course can use that experience to return to the course and enrich the learning of students currently taking the same course. In-reach students might develop practice exercises or review modules, assist instructors with teaching tools, and so on. In this kind of placement, the in-reach student can gain a true and deeper understanding of their discipline as they review and deconstruct course content. By re-engaging with course material, instructors and other students, they can gain new motivation and appreciation for their discipline.
 
ii. Out-Reach: Students bring concepts taught in the academic classroom to discipline-related organizations within the non-course/off-campus community. These might include area schools, laboratories, NGOs and government departments. Students learn about the current needs of the communities they are serving and the approaches used to meet these needs. By employing academic knowledge in a meaningful context, students become active learners. Through practice, concepts become solidified and students develop a sense of ownership over self-generated knowledge. Students learn to recognize issues, formulate and carry out initiatives and evaluate progress, and thus become more self-reflective learners. Communication and other skills imperative to professional practice are strengthened and students have direct experience with how knowledge is generated and transferred.
 
For more information, contact:
Maggie Roberts, Placement Coordinator, Service Learning and Outreach
Amelia Seto-Hung, Course and Program Assistant, CTL
slo@utsc.utoronto.ca