Community Service Learning

Course Tools and Resources

CSL has collected a variety of templates, worksheets and links to aid you in the development of your service-learning course. Our resources are organized under the following categories: (Click a link to proceed to that category.)

Course Planning & Syllabus Development

  • Faculty Toolkit for Service-Learning in Higher Education (pdf)  

    This is your one-stop guide to developing your service learning course.

  • SLICE (Example lesson plans, syllabi, and project ideas) 

    SLICE is an easy-to-search database full of hundreds of high-quality service-learning lesson plans, syllabi, and project ideas. Lesson plans are submitted by educators and service-learning practitioners. You can even submit your own documents to expand the database! A resource of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

  • Campus Compact Syllabi Library 

    The Campus Compact Resource Library for faculty contains hundreds of Service-Learning syllabi organized by field. Worth exploring if you are looking for service models or course integration ideas!

  • Course Development Worksheet (doc)  

    This document from the Northwest Indian College Center for Service Learning provides an excellent prompt as you develop your service-learning course. It guides faculty through consideration of aspects such as course and student learning objectives, preparation, reflection, curricular integration and other important factors. Worth taking a look at for any faculty member considering developing a service-learning-course.

Community/Student Agreements

  • Sample Community-Campus Partnership Agreement/MOU (doc)  

    This Partnership Agreement/MOU from the Indiana University School of Dentistry provides an easy example for and formal arrangement you develop with a community partner. Feel free to modify this template to fit your needs as you develop your course. For guidance in developing your own Partnership Agreement, please reference the Higher Education Toolkit for a development worksheet!

  • Partnership Agreements Worksheet (doc)  

    This worksheet can be used as a guide as you work with your community partner to develop a partnership agreement. This document follows the format of the Sample Community-Campus Partnership Agreement/MOU found above, and is adapted from a worksheet found in the Higher Education Toolkit available in the "Course Planning & Syllabus Development" section of this page.

  • Student Service Contract (doc)  

    This contract provides a template for guiding student behavior and expectations related to their service opportunity. This contract also provides an opportunity for students to "pre-flect" on their service by setting their own goals and expectations related to their service.

Hours Tracking

  • Student Hours Documentation Form (doc)  

    We welcome you to provide this hours documentation form to your students for use in your Service Learning Course. This form records time in/out, hours spent, responsibilities, and requires a site supervisor signature (to be signed after each shift or at the end of the semester).

  • Student Placement Tracker for Faculty (xls)  

    This Excel spreadsheet is intended to assist faculty in keeping track of students' service-learning progress throughout the semester. Information that can be tracked includes student contact information, the contact information of students' service sites and site supervisors, as well as service hours submitted by students. Formulas within the sheet can highlight students who have reached the service hours requirement set forth by the instructor.

Reflection

  • A Manual for Facilitating Reflection (pdf)  

    This resource helps you to understand the role of reflection in Service-Learning courses, as well as your role as a facilitator. A number of ideas for reflection activities are included within, including the "What? So what? Now what?" activity commonly used on the Willamette campus. For more reflection ideas, we encourage you to explore the Higher Education Service-Learning Toolkit found above!

  • ABCs of Reflection Guide (doc)  

    This document is intended to serve as a concise guide to Welch's ABCs of Reflection model (full article below). This guide provides additional sample prompts, as well as descriptions of the ABC categories that can be repurposed for use in describing the model to students.

  • ABCs of Reflection 

    This article describes the principles of Welch's ABC method of carrying out and evaluating student reflection. The ABC model encourages students to consider (a) what students learn (i.e., cognition), (b) what and how students feel (i.e., affect), and (c) how students behave before, during, and after learning experiences (i.e., behavior). This document is linked from another school; in the event that this link no longer works, please contact the CSL Office at service@willamette.edu.

Additional Resources

  • Sample Forms and Templates (National Service Learning Clearinghouse) 

    The National Service Learning Clearinghouse provides hundreds of sample forms and templates available for modification to fit your needs.

  • Mark O. Hatfield Library 

    Willamette's Mark O. Hatfield Library contains an array of service-learning materials.