Placement vs. Project

Service-Learning Placement

Service-Learning Project

  • Professor gives students the choice to choose a University-approved community partner or provides a list.
  • Professor chooses in advance the agencies that service-learning students will be working with and you will work with your peers in the classroom to generate a product for a community organization.
  • Students must apply/interview and be offered a placement with an agency
  • Students do not choose and are not chosen by agency
  • Professor will inform students which method he/she prefers to track and submit service hours
  • Professor will inform sudents which method he/she prefers to track and submit service hours.
  • Can be direct or indirect service
  • Can be direct or indirect service
  • Professor will inform students which is expected
  • Professor will inform students which is expected
  • Pending approval from Professor, service hours completed will post on official University transcript
  • Pending approval from Professor, service hours completed will post on official University transcript

Indirect service and direct service are equally valuable. Direct service involves hands-on, face-to-face interaction with an agency's clients. Indirect service refers to capacity-building work which benefits the agency by supplementing its resources or boosting its effectiveness.

Example:

  • Indirect service:  Designing a flyer to help an agency publicize a health resource fair to senior residents living in a single room occupancy hotel.
  • Direct service:  Greeting and assisting residents at the health fair to complete a Vial of Life form that allows the seniors to have their complete medical information ready in their home for emergency personnel to reference during an emergency.