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Benefits of Using Academic Service-Learning

Faculty can benefit personally and professionally from integrating service-learning into courses. Teaching with service-learning can:

• Encourage interactive teaching methods and reciprocal learning between students and faculty
• Add new insights and dimensions to class discussions
• Lead to new avenues for research and publication
• Promote students' active learning; engage students with different learning styles
• Promote students opportunities to directly apply course content to theory, thus creating a deeper level of understanding
• Develop students' civic and leadership skills
• Boost course enrollment by attracting highly motivated and engaged students
• Provide networking opportunities with engaged faculty in other disciplines
• Foster relationships between faculty and Binghamton area community organizations, which can open other opportunities for collaborative work.
• Provide firsthand knowledge of community issues; provide opportunities to be more involved in community issues.

Below are a list of resources that illustrate how integrating service-learning into the classroom can benefit faculty, students, and community:

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Last Updated: 4/13/11