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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

2020 University Outreach & Engagement Awards Announced

Ohio State’s University Outreach and Engagement Awards honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact.

This year 11 awards were given in four categories: Community Engaged Scholar, Community Engaged Program, Community Partner and Community Engaged Champion.  Service-learning instructors were recognized in multiple categories!

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients!  View award recipients here.

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/