SERVICE-LEARNING

Participate in service-learning and make a difference in the community, satisfy graduation requirements, and gain resume-building “real-world” community service experience attractive to employers, graduate, and professional schools.


What Is Service-Learning? 

Service-learning (SL) is a teaching method that enables students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to meaningful service to the community. Service-learning combines classroom learning goals and community service in a way that enhances or benefits both the student and the community.


Service-Learning Certificate

Students have the opportunity to earn recognition for completing SL designated courses. This certificate is open to all graduate and undergraduate students in any major. To qualify for the certificate, students must:

  • Complete 12 credit-hours and 4 SL designated courses. Students may choose any of the UCF approved SL courses in any discipline. Service-Learning courses are designated with an “SL” and can be accessed under “special groups” in the class schedule.
  • Maintain a 2.5 minimum GPA in all SL designated courses
  • Complete a minimum of 60 community service hours in all SL designated courses

Students who are eligible to receive the Service-Learning Certificate must apply for it when they file their intent to graduate form, the semester prior to graduation. If you are involved in a service-learning course that has not been approved, please contact Experiential Learning to discuss your eligibility for the certificate.


2022 Fall Amy Zeh (HIP) Student Showcase

This showcase is for projects connected with HIP designated courses only.

November 28 – December 2 | Hosted Virtually

November 29 | Hosted In-Person
Application Deadline: November 14, 2022

Apply Here

Held during the fall and spring semesters, the Amy Zeh HIP Student Showcase celebrates students who have completed projects. Students submit a video presentation and that highlights what they learned and their service, research experience, career readiness, and/or global competencies.

Event Details

The HIP showcase will take place via Canvas. (Canvas is the same software that is used by Webcourses, but students will have to create a free account to log onto Canvas directly—not UCF Webcourses– so we can create a site that members of the community and others who are not from UCF can view.)

Students will submit recorded presentations (and optionally a digital poster) highlighting their projects for judging.

This online showcase has enabled open enrollment. Participants and attendees can self-enroll in the course URL: https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/A4FXRJ. Alternatively, they can sign up at https://canvas.instructure.com/register and use the following join code: A4FXRJ
An in-person event will take place on the UCF main campus on Tuesday, November 29 in the Student Union. This event is highly encouraged but is not required for participation.

Criteria for Success

After students apply for the Amy Zeh HIP Course Showcase, they will be given instructions about due dates and submissions.

Application Deadline: November 14, 2022

Project Submission Deadline: Monday, November 21, 2022

Each group will edit a Canvas page and upload a short audio/video recording and an optional professional digital poster and. The page will be evaluated using the rubric below.

For instructors:

If you want to add this as an assignment in your course, you can use the links below. They are in the Canvas Commons.

Amy Zeh HIP Student Showcase Application: https://lor.instructure.com/resources/2d085e9a12dc431c80c6952f14e6fa24?shared

Amy Zeh HIP Student Showcase Page Submission: https://lor.instructure.com/resources/bd5bd91295b248f2a7216dd53aaa8561?shared

For Judges:

We are seeking campus partners to service as judges for our 2022 Fall Service-Learning Student Showcase.

The showcase will be hosted online from November 28 – December 2.  Judges will be provided with prerecorded presentations and an optional digital poster.  This will be watched on their own time and scored. All judging material will be due December 1st, and awards will be announced on December 2nd. Judging Application

Awards

Students will have the opportunity to submit their projects for the awards listed below. All submissions must be from a UCF HIP Designated Course: Service-Learning (SL), Integrative-Learning Experience (IE), Research-Intensive (RI), or Global Learning (GL)UCF Student Government has provided $5,000 that will be awarded to student winners.

  • Amy Zeh Project: Given to the project that exhibits overall excellence, as well as excellence in the design of the project and presentation, the quality of the community interaction, the overall impact of the project, and the learning evidence in the reflections of the presenters.
  • SG Peer Recognition Scholarship: Each currently enrolled UCF student will receive one vote, whether presenting or observing. The criterion for this award is: “Provide the name of the project that makes you most proud to be a UCF Knight.”
  • John C. Hitt Outstanding Service-Learning Project: Given to the project that exhibits overall excellence, as well as excellence in the design of the project and presentation, the quality of the community interaction, the overall impact of the project, and the learning evidence in the reflections of the presenters.
  • Outstanding Integrative-Learning Experience Project: Given to the project that exhibits overall excellence, as well as excellence in the design of the project and presentation, the overall impact of the project, and the learning evidence in the reflections of the presenters.
  • Outstanding Research-Intensive Project: Given to the project that exhibits overall excellence, as well as excellence in the design of the project and presentation, the quality of the scholarly process, the overall impact of the project, and the learning evidence in the reflections of the presenters.
  • Outstanding Global Learning Project: Given to the project that exhibits overall excellence, as well as excellence in the design of the project and presentation, the quality of the intercultural competencies, the overall impact of the project, and the learning evidence in the reflections of the presenters.

Questions? Please contact Experiential Learning at oel@ucf.edu