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Teach Through Service


The CSL provides one-on-one or departmental course support in developing your Service-Learning course. With extensive knowledge of our community and of academic learning outcomes, the CSL can help you tailor your course to meet both the needs of the community and the needs of your students through meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

To schedule a consultation, the Academic Community Engagement Coordinator at 304-293-8761 or serveandlearn@mail.wvu.edu. If you are ready to request assistance with a specific course complete this request form.

Institutional Service Definitions

Volunteer: Any student, faculty or staff member from any WVU campus, engaged in any type of service defined below.

Community Service: The practice of volunteering one’s time and talents to promote the common good and personal growth, while meeting actual community needs.

Service-Learning: A teaching and learning strategy by which students learn through intentional and structured community service tied to specific learning outcomes and integrated through reflection.

Outreach: Improving outcomes for individuals and families in West Virginia and the surrounding region through sustainable, active collaborations, building on resources, skills, expertise, and research-based, knowledge in a manner that is consistent with the land grant mission.

Civic Responsibility and Advocacy:

  • Lifelong citizenship development through participation, engagement and empowerment
  • Institution fulfills its purpose while acting to promote a strong inclusive democracy
  • Creating a larger sense of mission, purpose, integrity, and clarity of direction
  • Supports the development of community and belonging

Community Engagement:  The collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

 Academic Community Engagement:  The collaborative integration of purposeful academic activities with community goals that lend to a fuller understanding of complex societal issues while advancing a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

 Experiential Learning: A “learning through action” philosophy that informs methodology which educators utilize to engage learners in intentional direct experience and focused reflection outside the traditional classroom setting to increase knowledge, develop skills and strategies, clarify values, and apply prior learning. (Adapted from the Association of Experiential Education).

 Community Engaged Research: Collaborative process between researcher and community partner with the intent to disseminate knowledge that will contribute to both the community and institution/discipline goals.

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