In addition, each professor should formulate at least one course-specific service learning objective and include it on the course syllabus.
A learning objective is an intended outcome: a specific area of knowledge students should master, a specific skill-set students should hone, or a thematic or topical area students with which students should become familiar.
Service learning objectives connect intended outcomes to service activities as a means of achieving them. Service learning objectives include the service activity as the "how."
Learning objectives can be formulated as statements: "Students will [X]." Service learning objectives can be formulated as: "Students will [X] by doing [Y]."
|LEARNING OBJECTIVE||SERVICE LEARNING OBJECTIVE|
|Intended outcome (knowledge, skill, proficiency, awareness)||Intended outcome + service activity as means|
|What will students learn?||What will students learn and how is the service activity a way to learn this?|
|"Students will [X]."||"Students will [X] by doing [Y]."|
Examples of service learning objectives
OBJECTIVE (intended outcome): Students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of educational policy arguments BY (means) tutoring in local public schools.
OBJECTIVE (intended outcome): Students will observe, understand and be able to reproduce various accents prevalent throughout the New Orleans community BY (means) conversing and forming relationships with New Orleanians in authentic community-based contexts.
OBJECTIVE (intended outcome): Students will gain an introductory knowledge of the various forms of forensic evidence BY (means) examining post-conviction criminal files for compelling forensic lacunae.
OBJECTIVE (intended outcome): Students will learn communicate scientific topics to a general audience BY (means) developing and presenting an exciting, hands-on science demonstrations to fifth-graders.
OBJECTIVE (intended outcome): Students will be able to provide examples of the principles of behavioral psychology BY (means) interacting with individuals in authentic community-based contexts throughout New Orleans.
OBJECTIVE (intended outcome): Students will understand risk factors for HIV infection in a community BY (means) serving at HIV prevention and education programs and residences for those living with HIV and AIDS.
For examples, visit individual course pages, which contain a service learning objective formulated by the professor.