Service-Learning Faculty Information

While professors, students and community all benefit when a new learning environment is created by linking community and classroom, Marian University professor Michael Ketterhagen explains how professors involved in Service-Learning facilitate change in their students:
“Learning that is connected to meeting real needs in the community sparks the deeper Self of the learner. This service-learning method allows the learner to tap into the innate source of Truth within, while enabling concrete change in the outside world. It is truly a unifying and holistic experience.”
Michael Ketterhagen, Associate Professor of Theology
Other advantages include:
Class participation and discussion augmented through the inclusion of real-life experiences:
  • Relevance of course material becomes easier for students to appreciate
  • Kinesthetic learners are able to gain better comprehension of coursework
  • Connections between the community and the University are strengthened
  • Critical thinking and problem solving utilized by engaging students in real-life challenges
  • A greater diversity perspectives can be explored
  • A reciprocal partnership between the campus and the community benefits everyone
  • New channels for research, education, and development are established
  • Responsible citizenship is fostered in students
  • Students gain a better cultural understanding
  • Resources provided by a community are more accessible, ultimately returning full circle to form mutually beneficial partnerships
Models of Service-Learning
At Marian, Service-Learners participate in the community in several different ways. They may work alone, in pairs, in small groups, or within their entire class. The six models of service learning most commonly used include the following:
Placement Model: Students choose from among several placements that have been chosen for their courses and usually work at these sites for 2-3 hours per week throughout the semester.
Presentation Model: Students in certain courses take material they are learning in class and create presentations for audiences in the community, usually young people.
Presentation-Plus Model: Similar to the Presentation Model except students all work with the same organization and put on a ‘fair’ or a mini-conference that includes several learning stations or short workshops.
Product Model: Service-Learners produce tangible deliverables for their agencies, such as handbooks, annual reports, or videos.
Project Model: Working in groups, service learners collaborate with community members to devise and implement a project, e.g. community-based research.
Performance Model: Service-Learners co-produce a performance with agencies, clientele and/or school’s students.
Marian University Service-Learning Committee Members:
McNair Scholars
Hoffman, Stephanie Math & Natural Science
Social Work
McNair Scholars
van Dyke, Jim Dean of Arts and Sciences
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For more information about Service-Learning through Marian University contact:
Student Development Center
Mobile Unit East