Service-Learning Workshop

Each year, the VCU Service-Learning Workshop provides experienced service-learning instructors with the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skill in teaching high-quality service-learning courses.

The workshop's topic changes each year, and the format consists of both didactic and interactive sessions. Expert guest speakers and/or panel presentations are incorporated into the agenda, and a 'toolkit' of resources is provided to all participants.

2017 Workshop Details

The Art and Science of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Service-Learning
March 17, 2017; 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
VCU Academic Learning Commons (ALC), Room 4100

Service-learning instructors often face questions such as: How do I know what students learned? How do I determine if a particular service activity, discussion, reflection, lecture, etc. helped students learn more deeply? How and with whom might I share my experiences? To what extent do I take an intuitive approach to teaching and learning versus a more scholarly approach?

Join Enoch Hale, director for the VCU Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, and Lynn Pelco, associate vice provost for community engagement, as they explore these central points of inquiry that inform what scholarly service-learning teaching is and can do. The workshop will focus on the distinction between scholarly teaching and SoTL and offer guidance for faculty members interested in exploring SoTL. Participants will leave the workshop with a framework for beginning to conceptualize and organize a SoTL project.


Registration for the 2017 Service-Learning Workshop will open in early Spring 2017.


For more information, contact Katie Elliott at