Teaching Your Service Learning Course Online 



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Adapt your service learning courses to the online environment for a dynamic and meaningful experience.

We know that high-impact practices support profound learning by promoting student engagement and real-world experience.  Among those high-impact practices, service learningcourses help students achieve deeper understanding of course contentThey can also shape their personal values and civic responsibility through reflection and participation in an organized service activity that serves community needs  (Bringle, Hatcher, McIntosh, 2006).    

For these compelling reasons, many faculty members, divisions, and entire institutions had plans to offer robust service learning courses only to be disrupted by the global pandemic. However, it is still possible to teach service learning courses that are just as impactful in the online environment.    

Join us for this webcastwhere our expert speaker—who has over a decade of experience teaching service learning courses online—will share example-based best practices to help you keep students engaged, serve community partners, and ultimately create dynamic learning experiences. 


Who Should Attend

If you teach service learning courses or support service-learning efforts at your institution and want to learn how to effectively deliver a service learning course in the online environment, this program is for you. Faculty, Directors of Experiential & Service Learning, and academic leaders seeking ways to increase student engagement will benefit as well. 



During this program, our speaker will focus on the following three strategies for success:

Part 1: Prepare  Students, Faculty, and Community Partners  for  Success in a Virtual Environment

  • Identify campus resources to support your online teaching strategy
  • Create flexible and frequent connection points with students
  • Establish strategies to engage community partners and meet their needs virtually

Part 2: Structure Your Course and Assignment Design to Promote Engaged Learning

Encourage and develop practical thinking and problem-solving skills in alignment with service-learning standards to:

  • Promote diversity
  • Provide meaningful service
  • Create clear connections to the curriculum
  • Build reciprocal partnerships
  • Center youth voice
  • Actively monitor progress
  • Facilitate reflection

Part 3: Assess Student Learning 

  • Transparently establish learning goals
  • Design measures such as rubrics to help students understand and attain learning outcomes


Portrait of Christina Hicks-Goldston

Dr. Christina Hicks-Goldston

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Austin Peay State University 

Christina is an Associate Professor of Communication at Austin Peay State University, as well as a state-certified Service Learning trainer and member of the Service Learning Advisory Board for her university.  Her film, Making the Connection: the Service Learning Revolution, received eight awards for excellence and design following its August 2014 release. Christina’s current projects include an online Service Learning course at APSU, and research on empathy-building activities for students.

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  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
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  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
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