Since our service learning experience (the book sorting activity) was cancelled yesterday, we created an alternate service project for our students. And with only 3 weeks left in the quarter, we consulted with Dr. Sarah Twill to craft an acceptable alternative. She offered the following project that she has used in her own classes. This is worth 14 points, as was the original project (book sorting).
Flexibility is extremely important in service learning partnerships. And anyone who teaches undergraduates knows that students often lack flexibility. That is one of the challenges of service-learning courses.
Our class didn't meet during Week 5 due to the ice storm.
Last spring, I approached an English composition instructor, Stephanie Dickey, about integrating a research component into her English 102 service-learning intensive course. I sent Stephanie Jennifer Nutefall's article: "The relationship between service learning and research." (see Recommended Reading for the full citation). Jennifer had done something similar with a composition instructor at George Washington University.
Homework due today, 1/25: Students viewed the Information Cycle tutorial, produced by Penn State University Libraries; Students also submitted three articles related to their research topic (reading/writing assessment for K-8 students) to a dropbox in the learning management system.
During Tuesday morning's class, our students discussed the web sites they found for homework. They each found three web sites relating to assessing reading skills for K-8 students. They decided in groups which they would deem the "best" and discussed with the entire class what criteria they considered in choosing the best web site. After this practice in evaluating the web sites they chose, we provided a brief introduction to the Education Research Complete database, so they were prepared to find 3 articles on the same topic for homework.
Don't miss the ACRL Instruction Section virtual discussion "Service-Learning and the Academic Librarian." This email just came across the ili-listserv yesterday: The IS current topics discussion, “Service-Learning and the Academic Librarian” will be held online Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 1 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT) via the Elluminate platform. Convened by Gabe Gossett of Western Washington University, this virtual discussion will be an opportunity for participants to learn how service learning is becoming an important issue for academic librarians.
Week 1 was full of logistics and housekeeping. An experienced SL instructor and faculty liaison to the Office of Service Learning, Dr. Sarah Twill (Social Work), presented "What's this service learning thing Cheryl and Maureen are making me do?" The students also met Becky Garvin, the interim director of Project READ, who explained to them what the agency does for our community. She thanked them for the work they are about to do for Project READ and our community.
This week, I've spent most of my time preparing for my EDT [Educational Technology] 110: Community Research Connections course. My co-teacher and I have been in conversations with our community partner, Project READ, since August. Our students will research assessment tools that reading tutors can use with their students, compile research portfolios and make recommendations to Project READ (PR) based on their findings. This is a need PR has had for some time, but they haven't had the time to do the research