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VUB Chair of Social Entrepreneurship – The Circular Economy Challenge

The VUB Chair of Social Entrepreneurship, together with its partners, wanted to stimulate the creativity of students, entrepreneurs, and employees to develop innovative solutions for the circular economy.

Call for Papers: A special issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

European Perspectives on the Socially Responsible and Engaged University
Focused on issues surrounding social responsibility in higher education and university engagement with social responsibility in order to generate a European overview of USR from the perspective of responsible research, responsible teaching, USR as an institutional topic, and socially responsible services.

Against Trafficking and other Human Rights Abuses in prostitution contexts

The Project aims is to cover the social need to improve efficiency in the use of public resources, as well as to complete the training of students of the UNED (National Distance Education University)

Service Learning | TEDxYouth@Zurich

Antonia talks about school service trips and in particular how they affect ongoing support units. Antonia McGrath is a student in the Netherlands, studying International Studies with a specialization in Latin America. She’s also the co-founder and chair of a small non-profit called educate. that works to empower children and youth in Honduras through education and preventative healthcare. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Making the Connection: The Service Learning Revolution

Making the Connection is an ambitious project, a 60-minute motion picture documentary targeting educators, academic institutions, and communities seeking information on Service Learning. The project introduces Service Learning trainers and practitioners in their environments, while also introducing the community partners who work with the students. The movie demonstrates that Service Learning is available in a variety of locations and formats, from elementary and secondary education through higher education. Service Learning allows children and young adults to connect learning new things with active and engaged citizenship; they acquire a sense of responsibility and accomplishment while learning

Duquesne University Occupational Therapy and Service-Learning Experience

Duquesne University occupational therapy student Amber Rex shares her meaningful service-learning experience. http://www.duq.edu/servicelearning. Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation’s top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students’ social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne’s commitment to sustainability.

Power of Service Learning

The “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network, sponsored by the non-profit Partnerships Make A Difference, utilizes Service-Learning/Project Based Learning as instructional strategies to enrich the teaching/learning process, enhance student success, improve school climate, and actively address a wide range of significant local/global needs/issues. This “community” fosters effective partnerships among schools, community agencies/organizations, higher education partners, and philanthropic sponsors so that desired results can be achieved over time. This video highlights the annual “Service-Learning” Leadership Summit for students and teachers in central Ohio.

The Extraordinary Teaching Project: Service Learning: Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences

Hazel Hilton Seaba, Chris Catney, and Jim Peterson describe how a long-running, international service-learning course helps students to expand and apply academic knowledge in the context of addressing community-identified projects, issues, or needs. Key aspects of this strategy include critical thinking skills, team-based learning, community-engaged learning, and student motivation.

What is Service Learning or Community Engagement?

What is Service Learning or Community Engagement? / Benefits of Community Engagement / Models of Community Engagement Teaching / Ways to Integrate Community Engagement into an Existing Course / Community engagement pedagogies, often called “service learning,” are ones that combine learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good.  In the words of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, it is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”  Or, to quote Vanderbilt University’s Janet S. Eyler (winner of the 2003 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning) and Dwight E. Giles, Jr.