COVID-19 UPDATE: Please see our new page for information on how to take service-learning pedagogy online. 


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

The Office of Service-Learning has moved!

The Office of Service-Learning is now located at 220 W. 12th Avenue, within the Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center.  This move brings us closer to our partners in the Office of Academic Enrichment, including Honors & Scholars, the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry, STEP, and the Undergraduate Fellowships Office.  Office hours are currently by appointment only.

2020-2021 Service-Learning Course Development Grants application materials now available

Information on this year’s course development grants is now available!   Please visit our Grants page for all the details and application form.  Grants are open to all Ohio State instructors at any campus, for any level of student, and in any mode of delivery!  Applications are due Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

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.

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.

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