According to the Murray State University Academic Bulletin, "service learning uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with specific learning objectives in a course" (2014-15, p. 64). Through service learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service.
For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record.
Application process at Murray State
Include one of these course descriptions in your syllabus to help students understand what a service learning course entails and how it benefits their learning. Use it in Part XII of the approved MSU syllabus.
“Reflection describes the process of deriving meaning and knowledge from experience and occurs before, during and after a service-learning project. Effective reflection engages both service-learning leaders and participants in a thoughtful and thought-provoking process that consciously connects learning with experience. It is the use of critical thinking skills to prepare for and learn from service experiences.” --National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Benefits of Reflection