General Online Resources for Service Learning

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  1. Introduction

  2. What is Service-Learning

  3. Benefits of Service-Learning

  4. What Service-Learning is Not

  5. Principles of Service-Learning

  6. Bringing Service and Learning Together (PDF file, click here to download Adobe® Acrobat Reader)

  7. Courses with a Service-Learning Component

  8. Examples of Service-Learning Classes

  9. Getting Started: Designing the Curriculum

  10. Service-Learning Development Worksheet

  11. Course Development Timeline

  12. Course Implementation Timeline

  13. Using Reflection

  14. Types of Journals

  15. Liability Issues

  16. Expectations and Responsibilities in Service-Learning

  17. Common Faculty Questions

  18. Top Ten Ways to Do More Service-Learning with Less Work

  19. Resources


There are hundreds of resources available online.  These include guidelines for Service-Learning classes, examples, sample syllabi, and other ideas.  The following list describes some useful web sites.

Campus Compact

The national organization/clearinghouse for the support of Service-Learning is Campus Compact. Each institution that joins Campus Compact becomes a member through the office of the president for that institution. Leeward Community College has been a member of Campus Compact for a number of years.

Campus Compact came into existence in 1985 when the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford universities, along with the president of the Education Commission of the States, joined together to form Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents whose primary purpose is to help students develop the values and skills of citizenship through participation in public and community service.

The Campus Compact site can lead you to a number of valuable resources including information on Service-Learning and faculty; campus-community partnerships; publications; grants and fellowships; and a number of other web pages to support the development of Service-Learning courses. The following are provided as examples of the type of information that may be obtained from Campus Compact:

Contact information for Campus Compact: Campus Compact, Brown University, Box 1975, Providence, RI 02912; (401) 867-3950, E-mail

Hawaii Campus Compact

Service-Learning Program at University of Manoa

Service-Learning Program at Leeward Community College

National Center for Community Colleges
Campus Compact sponsors the National Center for Community Colleges (CCNCCC) with assistance from the Maricopa County Community College District of Phoenix, Arizona.  Campus Compact awarded the Maricopa County Community College District a sub-grant from ACTION, the federal volunteer agency, to establish a national technical assistance center. This site provides a number of interesting and vital links. A list of resources and syllabi are provided. Information is available about upcoming Service-Learning conferences and model Service-Learning projects. 

In addition, the CCNCCC site provides a valuable link to Service-Learning at the following URL:

This web page provides hot links to organizational web sites such as Higher Education Service-Learning and American Association of Community Colleges Service-Learning.  The site also contains hot links to the current Campus Compact State Network.  Here you can hot link to the Utah Campus Compact along with twenty-two other state offices. 

Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS) has been in existence since the Fall of 1993. The goals of CNS is to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help strengthen communities through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn & Service America. At their web site the most relevant information is found by clicking on a hot link titled Service-Learning. The Service-Learning examples are geared more toward the K-12 program known as Learn & Serve America. 

Learn & Serve
( This site has a higher education component and therefore is a good site to gather information about Service-Learning.  At this site, information is available through a number of hot links to other web pages dealing with what Service-Learning can do for an individual, a school, and the community as a whole. 

Attached to the Learn and Serve site are two hot links which should be of interest to higher education:

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse:
National Service-Learning Exchange:

The Big Dummy’s Guide to Service-Learning
This site provides information about Service-Learning as it relates to faculty and programmatic issues.  This is a good site for those who have questions about why they should become involved with Service-Learning or wonder how to create an effective Service-Learning course.  It provides answers to questions like:  What is Service-Learning?  What kind of incentives should there be for faculty to incorporate Service-Learning?  How do you plan for and set up Service-Learning in a course?  What should students write in their journals?  Should Service-Learning be optional or required?  How do you involve and keep more students involved in community service activities and projects?  What courses make good matches with Service-Learning?

Center for Community Service-Learning

This is the official site for the Center for Community Service-Learning at California State University, Northridge.  It is a good example of what is being done by higher education institutions to provide both faculty and students with information about Service-Learning courses and efforts on a college campus.  The web site provides a number of examples of the type of courses and activities that are part of the Community Service-Learning efforts at California State University.

Service-Learning Online Resources

This site provides a number of hot links to online resources dealing with Service-Learning in higher education.  Here you will find hot links to sites that provide valuable information about how Service-Learning courses and activities are being incorporated into the curriculum.  These include state support like the Texas Service-Learning Initiatives and Resources; the efforts of college like the University of Colorado at Boulder; national Service-Learning support centers like Learn & Serve America; and foundation efforts like The Close Up Foundation’s Service-Learning Programs.

ERIC Document on Service-Learning

Service-Learning Programs on Community College Campuses by Mary Prentice, ERIC Document Number EDO-JC-00-10 October 2000. This site provides an article that presents a definition of Service-Learning and some best practices within Service-Learning on community college campuses.  Also included are some examples of Service-Learning programs at community colleges.


Adapted from From: Almonte Paul, Dorell, Haffalin  Service Learning at Salt Lake Community College, A Faculty Handbook



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