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Service Learning

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FYS -  Social Justice and Digital Media Service Learning Project 


During the fall 2012 semester, the FYS Digital Media Learning Community, is participating in a service-learning project.  The project has two dimensions including (1) regular volunteer service in one of seven Cleveland community partners and (2)a collaborative digital media project. 


During your volunteer service hours you will be developing an understanding of the community partner as you provide service to that partner.  With your understanding and in collaboration with fellow students and representatives from the community partner, you will conceptualize, design and produce a digital media project.  The goal of the project is to further the web presence and/or the integration of digital or social media to advance the mission/goals of the community partner.



Assessment of this service learning experience will take several forms: 

1. Beginning on 5 November until the end of your service learning and service learning digital media project, following each visit to your service learning site (to include meetings and all work related to your digital media service learning project) produce a self-reflective BlogPost (Approximately 5 posts.  Each post about three paragraphs or one page or 250 words).  


Guidance on journaling is being provided by Dr. Shutkinas follows:  In class on Monday 5 November, you were instructed to produce a new blog dedicated to your service learning project.  Please send the hyperlink address for this blog to me (Dr. Shutkin).  As presented in class, I encourage you to keep this blog private though please "share" it with me  so I can read it. (Sharing is a technical term requiring you to go into the settings).


Please review the the article, Making Connections to Teach  ReflectionAs discussed in class, ideas for prompts and markers and a rationale for reflection in service learning are provided here.  A printed excerpt of this article was passed out and discussed in class.  Based on the article, prompts could include: 


  • Today I observed;
  • Today I participated;
  • Today I Learned;
  • In the future, I will 


The article also discusses "markers" that you will likely write into your blog posts that will help you better connect or relate to your service learning experiences (SLE). These markers include:

  • comparisons of ideas or view points,  
  • emotive markers (I felt that or I was surprised when...) and
  • linking or connecting markers from your past experiences to your SLE (I remember when...).


For our purposes, these markers emerge when you make connections between SLE and digital media and social justice.  These "markers" are to relate:

  • the SLE to the self (you),
  • the SLE to other similar contexts,
  • the SLE to articles read for class and
  • the SLE to the broader context such as KONY2012, hacktivism, eWaste, the digital divide, etc.


I still encourage you to explore and experiment with the form and content of your posts. Consider integrating, mixing and matching various media such as audio and/or video podcasts, still imagery, drawings and text. 


FYS93 Service Learning Blogs (private link)


2. Service Learning Digital Media Project Proposal  (Blog credit)

3. Dr. Shutkin will adapt his holistic assessment rubric to assess completed SLE reflective blog posts;

4. Each student participating in a service project will assess his or her contribution to the development of the digital media project using the collaboration assessment rubric.

4. Attendance is mandatory and will be tracked by representatives from the JCU Center for Service & Social Action.



* The JCU Center for Service & Social Action requires online journaling in a BlackBoard enironment. This is in addition to the journaling required by Dr. Shutkin.  However, you may choose to use the same prompts, etc.


Service Learning Placement and Other Hyperlinks



For more information about the JCU Center for Service & Social Action and descriptive information about the various community partners, please follow these links: 


Service Learning Articles, etc.

Bowen, G. (2010). Service Learning in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Effective Practices. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, 4(2), 1-15.


Correia, M. and Bleicher, R.  Making Connections to Teach  Reflection.   Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.  Spring 2008, pp.41-49.


Felten, P., , & Clayton, P. H. (2011). Service-learning. New Directions for Teaching & Learning, 2011(128), 75-84.


Gordon, H. R., , & Taft, J. K. (2011). Rethinking Youth Political Socialization: Teenage Activists Talk Back. Youth & Society, 43(4), 1499-1527.


Hansen, K. (2012). A Practical Guide for Designing a Course with a Service- Learning Component in Higher Education. Journal of Faculty Development, 26(1), 29-36.


Mackaway, J. A., Winchester-Seeto, T., Coulson, D., , & Harvey, M. (2011). Practical and Pedagogical Aspects of Learning Through Participation: the LTP Assessment Design Framework. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 8(3), 1-18.


Miller, K. (2012). Creating an Engaging and Relevant 'Classroom' that Ignites a Love of Learning: Inspiring, Practical Social Education through Service Learning. Ethos, 20(1), 14-17.


Seider, S., , & Taylor, J. (2011). Broadening College Student Interest in Philosophical Education through Community Service Learning. Teaching Philosophy, 34(3), 197-217. 


Zhuran You, , & Rud, A. G. (2010). A Model of Dewey's Moral Imagination for Service Learning:Theoretical Explorations and Implications for Practice in Higher Education. Education & Culture, 26(2), 36-51.


Sheffield, Eric C
Strong community service learning : philosophical perspectives / Eric C. Sheffield
New York : Peter Lang, c2011


Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.


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Comments (1)

David Shutkin said

at 2:58 pm on Jun 13, 2012

We had a wonderful meeting today with the Trace and Peggy and MaryEllen from the Service Learning department. We decided to design a digital media service learning project that will have students first volunteering at a site to learn about the organization and then to begin working with that organization in some way that integrates digital media. For example, the organization might need to develop a web presence such as facebook or website or twitter. Or perhaps the organization needs a digital story for publicity or perhaps some promotional materials for an upcoming event. Perhaps some combination is in order? We expect to work with about 15 different organizations. Students will eventually form teams. More than one team for an organization is possible. Also possible is to have teams supporting one another, for example, producing a Facebook presence to include a promotional digital story. One group for the facebook, the other for the story. Conversely, the groups could work competitively each producing versions of the web presence and the organization would choose which ever project they prefer.

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