Service-Learning in the Formal Curriculum
The Centre for Innovative Service-Learning supports service-learning by connecting academic departments to community partners, facilitating the formation of interdisciplinary teams, and providing appropriate training and support to both students and staff. We also facilitate and support teachers in improvement-oriented action research projects and promote sharing of experiences among service-learning practitioners and interested staff through the UGC funded project “Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education”.
We support innovative academic activities with a focus on service-learning. CISL acts as a hub for students, faculty, and staff interested in the pedagogy of service-learning and serves as a bridge to community partners. We help faculty members to:
- Develop project ideas and syllabi from a variety of subjects;
- Identify potential community partners and facilitate meetings with them
- Apply for Service-Learning Mini-Grants
- Arrange pre-service training and post-service reflection for students
- Evaluate student learning outcomes
- Document project deliverables and student achievements
- Source external funding sources
Communities of Practice (CoP) are defined as “groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis” (Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002, p. 4).
The CoP on service-learning provides an opportunity for staff members of HKBU and other higher education institutes to come together on a regular basis to discuss topics of strategic relevance to their institution, and to deepen their knowledge and expertise on service-learning. CoP acts as a platform for scholars and practitioners to exchange ideas on the planning, execution and assessment of service-learning, so as to generate synergy that can enhance positive peer influence.
This initiative is part of the UGC funded project “Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning” with the objective of supporting and promoting service-learning in higher education in Hong Kong. To sign up as a member, please register online.
If you are already involved in service-learning, or would like to know how to integrate service-learning into your curriculum, please stay tuned for more details.
Action research encourages an evidence-based and critically reflective approach. It is a disciplined inquiry conducted by a teacher with the intention of informing and changing his or her research practices to create a bigger educational impacts.
This initiative is part of the UGC funded project “Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning” with the objective of supporting and promoting service-learning in higher education in HK. To sign up as a member, please register online.