What's in it for you?
Why engage students with experiential learning in your classroom?
Service learning experiences are considered high-impact practices and are linked to higher student satisfaction and retention—particularly when they occur early in a student's college career. In addition:
- Collaborating with community partners allows instructors to provide an authentic experience to students.
- Collaborations can contribute to scholarly outcomes and provide service opportunities.
- Collaborations show stakeholders outside of the university how instructors are engaged beyond the classroom, using their skills and expertise to benefit the wider community.
- Collaborations lead to strong student outcomes such as understanding the construction of knowledge, having the ability to carry out data analysis and scientific writing, and understanding the use of evidence to support hypotheses and assertions.
- Opportunities may also arise for instructors to serve as a consultant to a business or nonprofit organization.
- Why do service learning in your classroom?
- Apprenticeship models
Service Learning, civic engagement, capstone projects, learning communities, etc.
Note: Community-based instruction (specifically service learning) is distinguished from other community based activities) due to its specific focus on tying students' experiences to specific course content.
Volunteering, philanthropy, outreach, and direct services to the community
Education Abroad, Study-Away, Alternative Breaks, etc.
Internships, field placements, practicums - experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting
Research and/or creativity projects, action research that is course-embedded and/or independent
Instructors across a wide variety of disciplines at UWL actively design course content around community-based activities. Most instructors use a combination of community opportunities within courses and/or in independent projects with undergraduates or graduate students. These types of experiences are considered high-impact practices and are linked to higher student satisfaction and retention – particularly when they occur early in a students' college career.
- Community Partner Project Opportunities Board - view and search for projects submitted by community partners, such as local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and policymakers.
- Resources for enacting community-based activities - sample MOUs, photo release form, copyright, research compliance, etc.
*Based on Campus Compact classifications. UWL is a member of whose mission is to advance "the public purpose of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility." The Wisconsin Campus Compact page includes resources for faculty such as sample syllabi.
What's in it for you?
Why create a partnership with UWL?
- Leverage instructor expertise and student enthusiasm to address your needs at low (or no) cost.
- Get help on short term and special projects from student volunteers or interns, or a course-embedded project.
- Support student learning through practical application of student knowledge and skills.
- Identify potential new employees.
- Increase your visibility on campus
Submit your volunteer needs through Ugetconnected.
Students find volunteer opportunities based on their interests, skills, goals and availability.
Submit your internship posting through UWL's Career 贵州快3走势图 (via Handshake).
Your timeline may suit the academic year (fall, spring or summer) or a different project-specific time frame. You may also prefer certain majors. Students find internships based on their career goals and availability.
Did you know? … The UW-La Crosse Cooperative Education and Internship Program is one of the largest programs in the UW-System, connecting students with regional and national opportunities.
Submit research projects through the Community Portal submission form.
Research collaborations typically occur on campus under instructor guidance. We will contact you to discuss what aspects of your project would fit with the timing and content of our coursework.
A course-embedded project may allow more students to be involved than would be common through an internship or an independent research project, though all three arrangements are available.
UWL's Extended Learning Office works with businesses and non-profits to develop non-credit or credit-bearing workshops and/or programs personalized to the needs of the organization that draw on the expertise of UWL faculty and staff.
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) works with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation.
What's in it for you?
Why do we include "real life" projects in the classroom? Why work on a project out of class?
- Apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to help meet the needs of organizations in the community.
- Enhance your resume and foster stronger connections with people on campus and in the community.
- Decide on a major or career.
- Use Ugetconnected to find opportunities that match your interests, skills, and availability with opportunities at more than 125 community agencies.
- Service opportunities address community needs and create a deeper sense of community engagement.
- Volunteer projects may be on or off campus and could be done independently, as part of a club or organization, or through a course.
- , and see how the work you are doing in the classroom applies in a professional setting.
- Explore a career, gain relevant experience in a field of choice, and potentially earn academic credit or get paid for your work.
- "Test-drive" a career for a single summer or semester.
- Career 贵州快3走势图 coordinates over 800 internships per year.
Students & Community-Based Projects
- Students who are interested in pursuing community-based academic endeavors such as research or projects that are developed in conjunction with the expressed needs of a community business or organization should start by securing a faculty mentor (traditionally, within their major or close interest area).
- A list of over 400 potential mentors is on the Undergraduate Research and Creativity - contact any whose work you find interesting or speak to any of your instructors who may be working on an appropriate project.
- Graduate students should start with faculty in their 贵州快3走势图 programs.
- Projects can be completed as a volunteer or for credit, and students can apply for grants to get paid to work on your project.