About Us

About the Office of Service-Learning

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Who We Are

The Office of Service-Learning is a department within the Office of Undergraduate Education.  We work to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable service-learning courses and encourage community-based scholarship across the curricula of The Ohio State University.  As a land-grant university, service and civic engagement in support of high-impact learning practices is an essential part of Ohio State’s mission.  Service-learning is a powerful tool to enhance student learning, develop student civic engagement, and foster ongoing collaboration with local and global communities.

What is service-learning?

The Office of Service-Learning has adopted the following definition for service-learning:

“…a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” – Seifer & Connors, National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, 2007

At Ohio State, 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 and is supported by a mutually beneficial campus/community partnership
  • provides structured time for student reflection and connection of the service experience to learning

How do we support service-learning?

Our services include:

  • One-on-one consultation and assistance
  • Workshops and roundtables
  • Grants and resources
  • Curricular support (S-Designation and S+GE Designation)
  • Gathering and sharing of data and general information

We also partner with other offices at Ohio State to support the development of general service and civic engagement opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

Learn more about our recent accomplishments in our 2014-2015 Annual Report.