Spring 2021 Course Development Grants

Deadline: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Office of Service-Learning is pleased to announce the Community-Based & Service-Learning Course Development Grants program for the 2020-2021 academic year. These grants of up to $4,000 are available to any Ohio State University instructor who would like to develop or improve a service-learning course.  This includes courses offered at regional campuses and undergraduate or graduate level courses.  Courses can be delivered in-person, online, or a hybrid – whatever works best for you and your community partner.  Courses can include either a partnership the course creator develops independently or a partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML). Courses partnering with CML should use the OSU-CML Service Learning Template created by the Office of Service-Learning and CML that has students serving in CML’s Homework Help Centers. This is a very flexible model that can be applied to a wide variety of courses, while at the same time alleviating the pressure on individual instructors to develop partnerships with service sites from scratch.  See this story about our pilot course for an example of how this template can be applied.

For instructors looking ahead to developing courses for inclusion in the new General Education (GE) program, expected learning outcomes (ELOs) are now available in two reports.   The Report of the General Education Implementation Committee includes ELOs for each of the currently proposed Themes.  The Report of the High-Impact Practices Subcommittee includes suggested ELOs for community-based learning/service-learning courses.  Instructors should use these as guides when developing or redesigning a course intended to be included in the new GE, which is scheduled to begin in Autumn 2022.

Applications are due on by 5pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

All funded teams are required to:

1. Attend a Course Design Institute led by Drake Institute and OSL staff to help grantees develop their course structure and content. Meetings will take place on multiple days, with 20 hours total required for participation. Every effort will be made to schedule this commitment to accommodate all recipients’ schedules in May and/or June 2021. Please do not apply for this grant if you are unable to commit to this requirement. Grant recipients will be participating in a special session of the CDI that will specifically focus on designing Service-Learning courses. Any questions about the Service-Learning CDI may be directed to Teresa Johnson (johnson.674).

2. Submit a summary report at the conclusion of the grant, including a narrative report accounting for how the grant was used and any relevant statistics or data that will assist the Office of Service-Learning to assess the grant’s overall success.


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