Required vs. Optional
Service learning can be required or optional in a class. If service learning is required, students must satisfactorily complete the service learning component in order to pass the class. If service learning is optional, students may choose a non-service learning alternative. The non-service learning alternative is usually another assignment, such as a paper, project, presentation or test. SL and non-SL options should be approximately equivalent in terms of time and effort. Professors decide whether service learning will be required or optional in a class. This decision must be made prior to course designation.