Service Learning: Placement vs. Project
Service learning can be listed as a placement or a project for your course.
|Students can choose among several agencies which are pre-approved for the course||Agency chosen in advance by professor|
|Students must be offered a placement by an agency and then accept a placement offer||Students do not choose and are not chosen by an agency|
|Students must turn in signed timesheets twice per semester||Students fill out a project hours report in class twice per semester|
|Usually involves direct service||Can be direct or indirect service|
|Eligible for transcript notations||Eligible for transcript notations|
Indirect vs. Direct Service
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.
- Indirect service: Designing a flyer to help a hospital publicize a blood drive
- Direct service: Donating blood or greeting and screening donors at the blood drive
- Indirect service: Producing a directory of local food banks for a homeless shelter
- Direct service: Cooking and distributing meals at the homeless shelter