Course Design

Designing a new course with an engagement component? Check out the workbook, toolkit, and other information below to guide your process.

Service Learning Course Design Workbook

This 2001 workbook from the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive overview of designing a service learning course. Includes information on the purpose of service learning, guides instructors in conceptualizing service goals and academic goals, and offers further resources. Useful for new course design and for refining existing courses.

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Course Design Toolkit

This course design toolkit created by Spring Service Learning Network offers an overview of service learning for faculty. Includes considerations of why and when to incorporate service learning, guidelines for contacting community partners, and information on reflection and evaluation. Useful for new course design and for refining existing courses.

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Developing Learning Goals

This blog post from the Learning Assessment Team at University of California Fresno State outlines the “Art of Writing Learning Outcomes.” This post provides a general overview of writing learning goals and offers examples of how to improve the conceptual clarity of learning goals. Useful for composing new course goals or for refining existing course goals.

How Service-Learning Works

This link to the Morgridge Center for Public Service at the University of Wisconsin Madison explains to students what they can expect when they enroll in a class with a service learning component. It covers grades, hours, transportation, and expectations. It provides a useful overview for course design and may be used as a template for explaining course requirements to students.

AACU Value Rubrics

These rubrics offer a matrix of outcomes related to key learning goals in engaged courses.
Civic Engagment
Intercultural Learning

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