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Step 1 - What Is Service Learning?

What Is Service Learning?

In 2002, the FGCU Service-Learning Task Force defined service-learning for our campus as:

Service-learning is an educational experience designed to meet mutually identified community and university needs. It is integrated into the classroom for an enhanced understanding of course and discipline content. Service-learning is a reflective activity that increases knowledge and skills, and provides an enriched learning experience that contributes to personal and career growth. In addition, service-learning facilitates civic engagement and responsibility through reciprocal learning and sensitivity to cultural, economic, and social differences.

FGCU offers a course-based graduation requirement with Colloquium. Students fulfill this requirement through the course rather than through independent service projects. At the present time, there are additional service-learning courses that you may be interested in. Humanities and Senior Seminar are a few of the couses that offer a service-learning component.

Service-Learning at FGCU is...
  • Sharing talents
  • Developing new skills
  • Learning through doing
  • Exploring career options
  • Broadening your horizons
  • Expanding your perceptions
  • Involving yourself in the community
  • Opening doors to new experiences
  • Thinking about your impact on social issues
  • Applying theory to real life situations
  • Considering connections in society

Service-Learning is... Eagles in action!