Service Learning Project
What is service learning?
Service learning projects include either real world or simulated real world performance tasks which address needs or challenges faced by the local or global community. This instruction method aims to tap into a student’s intrinsic motivation while providing students greater opportunity to express what they have learned according to their unique learning style and multiple intelligence. Examples of some of the performance tasks that have been implemented within these projects include: public service announcements, presentations, local fundraising events, crowdfunding campaigns and videos, river clean ups, and plastic recycling. While teachers provide the framework, infrastructure, and facilitation, performance tasks are executed and lead by the students themselves.
Service Learning at AUI-S
Service learning at AUI-S first began in the fall of 2014. Considering the refugee crises of 2014 in the KRG, Iraq, and Syria, teachers chose a theme to focus the project on helping the IDP and refugee communities. Since then themes of the semester long project have included environmental action as well as individual or small group topics that students felt passionate about and needed attention in the local community.