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

University Engagement Awards now accepting nominations!

Ohio State’s University Engagement Recognition Awards honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in meaningful partnerships that produce engaged scholarship and community impact. 2019 awardees will be recognized at a ceremony on May 2 at 10 a.m. in the Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater.  A total of $20,500 will be awarded across all categories. Two awards are given for service-learning: the Distinguished and Emerging Service-Learning Awards

Sponsoring units: Offices of International Affairs, Outreach and Engagement, Service-Learning, Student Life, and Undergraduate Education; and the Wexner Medical Center.

For more information: http://u.osu.edu/servicelearning/resources/awards/

Service-Learning Course Development Grants 2019 Application now available!

Information on the Service-Learning Course Development Grant program for 2019 is now available.  Applications are due by 5pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

For more information: http://u.osu.edu/servicelearning/faculty/grants/

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/

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 Spring 2019 term

Our service-learning course listing is now up-to-date with courses being offered during Spring 2019 term.  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/