Course Guide - Service Groups
Listed below is the criteria used for classes returned in Course Guide when you select either Service Learning or First Year High Impact Practice Classes.
A credit-bearing educational experience that integrates meaningful community service with guided reflection to enhance students´ understanding of course content as well as their sense of civic responsibility while strengthening communities.
There are two main categories: The policy regarding the designation of courses as: Service Learning: 25 hours or more, or "project-based" is from the Morgridge Center for Public Service.
Direct Service − The student provides a service to a community organization on a regular basis; i.e. tutoring in an after-school program once a week for 2 hours, or a minimum of 25 hours during the course of the semester. The Morgridge Center for Public Service (and other academic service-learning centers at peer institutions) considers this a minimum standard for hours of service.
Project-based − Academically-based project with a clear documentable goal is determined in collaboration with community, and completion of goal determines amount of time commitment.
High Impact Practices Classes:
Are designed specifically for first-year undergraduate students, to support their transition to UW-Madison Course enrolls fewer than 25 students or a significant portion of the course meets in groups of fewer than 25 students. Students are put in circumstances that essentially demand they interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters Students will experience diversity through contact with people who are different from themselves Students get frequent feedback on their performance Students have opportunities to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge while exploring big questions and big ideas Students experience an integration of in and out of classroom learning The learning objectives for the course are aligned with the UW-Madison Essential Learning Outcomes (http://www.provost.wisc.edu/content/WI_Exp_ELOs.pdf) and the Center for the First-Year Experience First Year Goals (http://www.newstudent.wisc.edu/publications/firstYrGoals.pdf).