Loyola University Chicago

Service-Learning

Center for Experiential Learning

Service-Learning Project Management

Service-learning offers the opportunity for faculty to extend learning opportunities and experiences into the community. The Center for Experiential Learning offers these tools, forms, and resources to help faculty manage these experiences successfully: 

Student Safety - This Safety Tips for Students document provides useful ideas and strategies for students while they are engaged in service to our communities.

Documenting Student Hours - All service-learning courses and service-learning/internship courses must be documented in LOCUS as part of the university's Engaged Learning Requirement.  All service-learning courses require that students serve a minimum of 20 hours with a community partner or on a classroom project, education campaign, or research study. Faculty can ask students to complete a Student Hours Log in order to document completion. 

Site Agreement - The CEL Learning Agreement 2019-2020 consists of two pages.  Page One is signed by the student and left with the community supervisor; it documents the student's commitment and contains information about the class in which the student is enrolled. Page Two documents the agreement between the student and the community organization supervisor.  The supervisor signs the form during the student’s orientation. The form is then returned to the faculty member. 

Project Documentation - In placement model classes, where individual students are required to secure t‌heir own service sites, students are also responsible for creating an individual engaged learning record in LOCUS.  Instructions for creating this record are available here - LOCUS Documentation

In project or community education/advocacy classes, where groups of students (or entire classes) are cooperating to complete community-based projects with one or more organization partners, the CEL staff can create class-specific "template" descriptions that can be used to create these engaged learning records for multiple students at the same time.

Approving Student Work - Once students have entered their information into LOCUS, it is the responsibility of the course instructor to APPROVE students' sites. This step is extremely important for risk management purposes, as it demonstrates to Loyola's insurer that a faculty member was aware of students' off-campus activities and that they are therefore covered by Loyola's general liability policy.