Projects on Service-Learning in Higher Education

CIVIS A European Civic University

ENGAGE STUDENTS

ERASMUS+ K203 Project to empower the social dimension of higher education by increasing its relevance for society through embedding service-learning as a common pedagogical approach within education and research practice

COMMIT – Committing to the social dimension in universities

Project: Summary:

This project builds on the work of a previous project – ALLUME, http://allume.eucen.eu -which developed three self-evaluation tools to help universities reviewing their internal strategy for the implementation of a comprehensive and coherent Lifelong Learning University approach.

Project objectives:
  • Review, refine and adapt ALLUME’s threetools, adding new features to take onboard a wider and clearer idea of thesocial dimension of Higher Education (HE)
  • Design and develop a new tool for monitoring attainment in HE and integrate these tools in HEIs management systems
  • Design and undertake a training event with input from external experts
  • Use the tools in 12 universities in 12different countries to conduct a self-evaluation
  • Undertake a transversal analysis of thereports from the use of the tools
  • Run 12 national active learning workshops,with groups of other universities and representatives from the relevant ministry
  • Run a European event with an active learning approach
Project results:
  • Reviewed those 3 tools, refining and adapting them and adding new features which take on board a wider and clearer idea of the social dimension of HE
  • Designed and developed a new tool for monitoring attainment in HE and integrate these tools in HEIs management systems carried out an experts training event to prepare partners to visit and counsel other universities used these 4 tools in 12 universities of 12 different countries to conduct a self evaluation, supported with documents, which formed the starting point for a collective learning process including a visit from one of the other partners
  • Undertook a transversal analysis of the visit reports and the completed tools
  • Carried out an experts training event to prepare partners to visit and counsel other universities
  • Used these 4 tools in 12 universities of 12 different countries to conduct a self evaluation, supported with documents, which formed the starting point for a collective learning process including a visit from one of the other partners
Project contributions SDGS’s:

GOAL 4: Quality Education

Project partners
  • EUCEN, European University ContinuingEducation Network, BE
  • Université catholique de Louvain, BE
  • Turun yliopisto, FI
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale, FR
  • Universidade de Aveiro, PT
  • University of Stuttgart, DE
  • Dublin City University, IE
  • Bogaziçi Üniversitesi, TR
  • Università degli Studi di Genova, IT
  • Panepistimio Ioanninon, GR
  • Universitatea Tehnic ̆a GheorgheAsachi din Ia ̧si, RO
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili, ES
  • Pécsi Tudományegyetem, HU
Project website:

http://commit.eucen.eu

Contact person: Carme ROYO

Email: commit@eucen.eu

Project start date: 01/10/2013

Project finishing date: 31/05/2016

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Europe Engage

The ‘Europe Engage’ Project seeks to embed the concept and practice of the civic university through Service-Learning (S-L) and student engagement with the community. The overall aim of ‘Europe Engage’ will be to promote Service-Learning as a pedagogical approach that embeds and develops civic engagement within higher education, students, staff and the wider community.

While in the latter half of the twentieth-century universities are characterized by more economic than civic approaches, in this first part of the twenty-first century it is necessary to give protagonism to the third mission of the University: its social responsibility. Universities can and should train future professionals through experiential learning practices that respond to their social commitment by contributing to solve community problems and reach sustainable development goals. This practice results in significant benefits for the student, the academic, the university, the community, and the country.

‘Europe Engage’ seeks to embed the idea of the civic university through service-learning as a pedagogical approach within the participating universities, which enables students and universities to connect with society in order to maintain and develop democracy and healthy levels of social capital within the European context.

Service-learning is a key approach in terms of incorporating a culture of civic and political literacy among the student population into higher education.

“Service-Learning (sometimes referred to as community based or community engaged learning) is an innovative pedagogical approach that integrates meaningful community service or engagement into the curriculum and offers students academic credit for the learning that derives from active engagement within the community and work on a real-world problem. Reflection and experiential learning strategies underpin the process and the service is linked to the academic discipline” (McIlrath et al., 2016, p. 5).

Europe Engage is a three-year project involving twelve institutions of higher education with experience and interest in this methodology. The project includes activities of mapping, training, dissemination, support to institutionalization and the creation of national networks of S-L.

Project objectives:
  • To embed the concept and practice of the civic university through Service-Learning (S-L) and student engagement with the community.
  • To promote Service-Learning as a pedagogical approach that embeds and develops civic engagement within higher education, students, staff and the wider community.
Project results:
  • Two online survey tools, Europe Engage Allocation Report, and a definition of S-L in Europe.
  • Repository of S-L experiences in Europe, and definition of quality standards for European S-L experiences.
  • Public web page that articulates S-L from a European perspective.
  • On-line document that includes a list of trainers, publications, doctoral thesis, and other S-L resources.
Project contributions SDGS’s:

GOAL 4: Quality Education

Project partners
  • AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF MADRID, (SP)
  • NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY (IE)
  • IMC FACHHOCHSCHULE KREMS GMBH (AT)
  • HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO (FI)
  • VYTAUTO DIDZIOJO UNIVERSITETAS (LT)
  • SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU FILOZOFSKI FAKULTET (HR)
  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA (IT)
  • UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON (UK)
  • ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM (NL)
  • ISPA CRL (PT)
  • UNIVERSITEIT GHENT (BE)
Project website:

https://europeengage.org

Contact person: Pilar Aramburuzala and Lorrain Lorraine McIlrath

Email: pilar.aramburuzabala@uam.es

Project start date: 01/09/2014

Project finishing date: 31/08/2017

European Observatory of Service Learning in Higher Education (EOSLHE)

Project: Summary:

European Observatory of Service-Learning in Higher Education (EOSLHE) was created in January 2019 as a permanent space for cooperation and exchange among the members of the European network Europe Engage for mapping the use of, collecting data and evidence and promoting the use of this learning methodology as well as its institutionalising processes.

The aim of the European Observatory is to enhance and disseminate the knowledge of service-learning in higher education in Europe, as an educational approach that enhances students’ civic engagement, brings them closer to different social realities while allowing them to work in a real environment. Most of the time they will also be able to perceive at first hand the successes or consequences of their work.

Related Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs
  • GOAL 4: Quality Education
Project objectives:
  • Strengthen the process of formalization of the European Service-Learning (U) Network.
  • Obtain new knowledge about Service-Learning in Europe.
  • Increase awareness of researches and academic staff and authorities on Service-learning in higher education.
  • Increase willingness to institutionalize Service-learning in higher education.
  • Obtain new evidence available to academic and governmental authorities.
  • Share knowledge production Europe-wide
  • New knowledge and skills in relation to monitoring and evaluation, safeguarding policies, and other relevant issues to implement Service-Learning initiatives.
  • Improvement of Service-Learning monitoring and evaluation, that result from the development of a set of Service-Learning monitoring, result and impact indicators.
  • Ensure the sustainability of the EOSLHE
Project results:
  • European Association of Service-Learning in Higher Education
  • Service-Learning good evidence-based practice and experiences database created (documentation centre)
  • Annual report prepared on the Situation of Service-Learning in Spain and Europe
  • Website with good evidence-based practice database
  • Newsletter
  • Research report on Service-Learning in Spain and Europe
  • Leaflet and a dossier presenting the observatory
  • Fundraising plan
  • Guidelines and code of ethics to develop a safeguarding policy in Service-Learning initiatives
  • Guidelines to develop and measure Service-Learning initiatives
  • Set of Service-Learning impact indicators

Project website: https://www.eoshle.eu

Project partners:
  • Asociación de Aprendizaje-Servicio Universitario, ApSU

Contact person: Marta Alonso

Email: coordinator@eoslhe.eu

Project start date: 01/01/2019

Project finishing date: 31/12/2020