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.

Course Spotlight

Comparative Studies/English 5189S Comparative Studies Field School

This unique service-learning course provides an introduction to ethnographic field methods, archiving, and the public exhibition of research for both undergraduate and graduate students. Students will contribute to a team-based, immersive research project designed to document the ways that diverse communities express and preserve a sense of place in the face of economic, environmental and cultural change.  The Field School experience includes a one-week field experience in Scioto County during Spring Break where students reside together on-site.  This course requires permission of the instructor, and application materials are available by emailing Cassie Patterson.493.

An information session will be held on Monday, October 16, 12:30-1:30pm, in Hagerty 447. Pizza will be served.

News & Events

Service-learning course list now available for Spring 2018

The service-learning course listing is now updated for Spring 2018 offerings.  Use the Categories linked in the sidebar at left to navigate the listings.

For more information: http://u.osu.edu/servicelearning/students/

Service-Learning Course Development Grant Program now accepting applications!

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Service-Learning Course Development Grants. These grants of up to $4,000 each support the development and enrichment of service-learning courses. Applications are due Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

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

2018 Community Engagement Conference call for proposals now open!

Proposals are currently being accepted for Ohio State’s inaugural Community Engagement Conference, taking place Jan. 24-25, 2018, in the Ohio Union.  Building on the success of the Extension Annual Conference and the university’s Engagement Forum, the conference will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to focus on professional development and networking, while exploring potential new engagement partnerships.  The theme of this year’s conference is Partnering to Advance Health and Wellness.  Proposals are due Oct. 30, 2017.

For more information and to submit a proposal: http://engage.osu.edu/conference 

Community-engaged learning in the news

The Lantern recently featured Professors Nick Basta and Brian Slater’s environmental science course that utilizes community engaged learning.  Students in the course create field reports detailing soil modification recommendations using what they have learned in class that are then provided to Columbus’ Land Redevelopment Division.  This is an excellent example of how the pedagogy of service-learning or community-engaged learning can be applied to a broad spectrum of course content, including traditional lab-based courses.

For more information: https://www.thelantern.com/2017/09/ohio-state-course-gets-students-involved-in-urban-development/