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

Service-learning course listing updated for Spring 2020 term

Our service-learning course listing is now up-to-date with courses being offered during both Summer and Autumn 2019 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/

2020 Service-Learning Course Grant Application now available

Our 2020 Course Grant Application is now available!  Applications to create a new service-learning course or revise an existing course to include service-learning are due by February 4, 2020.

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

2019 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 now includes nearly 800 presentations involving community-engaged research, teaching, and service.  It is searchable by author, title, and keyword.  All presentations include contact information for the primary presenter to make new collaborations easier.

For more information: http://go.osu.edu/engagedscholars2019 or email Ben Lewis at lewis.485@osu.edu

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/