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.
Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community (FLC), in partnership with the Faculty Commons: Bellevue College is 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. 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.
Applications are open for the 2019 cohort, and we encourage faculty from all divisions as well as administrators of student services programs to consider applying. Details can be found on page 10 of the Faculty Commons Winter 2019 Program, along with other great professional development opportunities, including for project-based learning. The application deadline for the 2019 Cohort has passed.
Brown Bag Workshops, in partnership with the Faculty Commons: The RISE Learning Institute provides short workshops about civic engagement, service-learning, reflective pedagogies, and more. Currently, no workshops are being offered.
Support to Start a Class. The RISE Learning Institute offers many services and guidance to help faculty determine the best way or ways to engage the community through their classrooms. Therefore, if you have interest in adding this pedagogy to your class, or simply want to know more about service-learning, contact Sapan Parekh to set up a meeting. Additionally, instructors implementing service-learning for the first time will 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 Spring 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 now 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-interaction, problem-solving, empathy, and critical thinking. Therefore, the benefits of the notation are plenty, which is why RISE has heard from students interested in receiving it. To do so, students must take a course that qualifies for the notation.
For Winter 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.