RISE is Service
Student learning can be greatly enhanced when service and community engagement are incorporated into their classrooms. However, the RISE Learning Institute recognizes that faculty may not know how best to do this, or may be wary of altering their already well-designed curricula. Nevertheless, Bellevue College and the RISE Learning Institute want to support those professors who have interest in bringing their classroom into the community in a meaningful way.
The What and How of Service-Learning. Service-Learning is a high impact teaching methodology that helps students meet their course learning outcomes, develop transferable “21st Century skills,” and develop a greater sense of civic responsibility and engagement. Service-learning accomplishes this through the meaningful integration of community-based service with a course curriculum. The service helps students make real what they’re learning in their class, and critical reflective activities or assignments help students draw out the learning that goes beyond the content. Read more.
Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community (FLC), in partnership with the Faculty Commons: Bellevue College has been tackling service-learning in a big way by offering a year-long FLC to those who want in-depth guidance into how to incorporate service into a course. We are currently in the third year of offering this learning community, which has helped to foster a growth in quality service-learning courses across campus. Faculty who participate receive professional development credits, a stipend, and the possibility of engaging in a larger way as ambassadors and facilitators for service-learning.
RISE will not be offering a Faculty Learning Community in 2020. It plans to support a Fall 2019 FLC that will equip faculty to build Climate Justice-focused service-learning into their classes.
Brown Bag Workshops, in partnership with the Faculty Commons: The RISE Learning Institute provides short workshops about civic engagement, service-learning, reflective pedagogies, partnership development, and more. Currently, no workshops are being offered.
Support to Start a Class. Through one-on-one meetings, the RISE Learning Institute helps faculty determine the best way or ways to engage the community through their classrooms. Therefore, if you have interest in adding service-learning or community-engaged learning to your class, or simply want to learn more about them, contact Sapan Parekh to set up a meeting. Additionally, instructors implementing service-learning for the first time may be required to attend a short orientation prior to the start of the quarter.
If you want to start a project-based service-learning class in Fall 2019, for which students work in teams to create something (e.g. animation, website, marketing plan, film, database, etc.) for a non-profit or government agency, reach out to Sapan Parekh. RISE can support you in finding partners and finalizing the projects, and thus lessen the time you spend in course preparation.
RISE also recognizes that lots of work can go into creating any innovative class, including a service-learning one. Therefore, we want to make sure that your class has students. One of the ways we do this is to compile of list of innovative courses utilizing high impact practices, and both posting it on the RISE website and sending it out to all students via email. Check out the listing of Spring 2019 courses. If you would like to be listed next quarter, let us know. And for subsequent quarters, send your courses to RISE the week before registration begins.
Transcript Notation for Service-Learning. Students have an opportunity to earn a special notation in their transcripts that officially acknowledges the successful completion of a service-learning course. This notation shows transfer institutions and potential employers that students have undertaken experience-based academic coursework, and have thus developed skills such as teamwork, client-engagement, problem-solving, empathy, and critical thinking. Therefore, the benefits of the notation are plenty, which is why RISE has heard many students express interest in receiving it. To do so, students must take a course that qualifies for the notation.
For Fall 2019, please review the Transcript Notation for Service-Learning Faculty Guide and submit your course syllabus and supporting documents to Sapan Parekh by the third week of the quarter.
Service-Learning Resources for Faculty. These resources have been compiled and vetted by RISE for use by faculty in service-learning courses. Additionally, service-learning at BC is facilitated using the new BC in the Community volunteer management portal. If you have not taught a service-learning course or used the portal before, please set up a meeting with RISE before starting. Additionally, if you choose to outreach to any of the agencies listed in the portal for a course, contact RISE first so it can inform the agencies and help facilitate the partnerships.