Support for Learning through Service


Service-learning is a form of experiential education characterized by student participation in an organized service activity that:

  • is connected to specific learning outcomes
  • meets identified community needs
  • provides structured time for student reflection and connection of the service experience to learning

The Office of Service-Learning supports development, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable service-learning courses and encourages community-based scholarship across the curricula of The Ohio State University to enhance student learning, develop student civic engagement, and foster ongoing collaboration with local and global communities.


News & Events

2019 Community Engagement Conference call for proposals now open

Proposals are now now being accepted for Ohio State’s second annual Community Engagement Conference, January 23-24, 2019, at the Ohio Union.  The conference will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to focus on professional development and making connections, while exploring new potential engagement partnerships.  The theme of this year’s conference is Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future.  Proposals are due by October 3, 2018

For more information and to submit a proposal: http://go.osu.edu/2019call

New resource on implicit bias from the Kirwan Institute

Do you work with K-12 students in your research or service-learning courses? Consider using the new free online Implicit Bias Training focused on the K-12 education system from the Kirwan Institute.  This interactive website houses resources that can help you and your students working with the K-12 population better understand the biases that shape our behaviors and the effects those biases have across all aspects of our society, especially education.

For more information: http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/implicit-bias-training/

Connect and Collaborate funding for faculty, staff, and students

The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes Ohio State community teams to develop and grow meaningful partnerships that catalyze engaged teaching, research, and service programs with measurable and sustainable benefits to the community while advancing the strategic and scholarly goals of the university. Grants up to $70,000 are available. Letters of intent are due Tuesday (10/2). An information session will be held Thursday (9/13) at 10 a.m. in the Research Commons and can be viewed online at https://carmenconnect.osu.edu/connectcollaborate.

For more information: https://oaa.osu.edu/ccgrants

2018 Community engagement Conference proceedings now online

The Ohio State University Library’s Knowledge Bank now includes Engaged Scholars, a searchable collection of engaged scholarship being conducted by university and community partners.  The collection includes the 2018 Community Engagement Conference proceedings as well as presentations from the 2013-17 University Engagement Forums.  For best search results, use the search box at the top of the page and select “Only this Collection.”  All presentations include contact information for the primary presenter to make new collaborations easier.

For more information: http://go.osu.edu/engagedscholars or email Ben Lewis at lewis.485@osu.edu

Service-learning course listing updated for Summer 2018 and Autumn 2018 terms

Our service-learning course listing is now up-to-date with courses being offered during Summer 2018 and Autumn 2018 terms.  Our course list can be navigated using the Categories links in the sidebar to the left.  If you believe a course is missing or would like more information about a course, please contact us at slearning@osu.edu.

For more information: http://u.osu.edu/servicelearning/category/course/