Office of Academic Service Learning
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-4445

Travus Burton
tburton@oakland.edu

About Academic Service Learning

Academic Service Learning is a teaching methodology that utilizes community based partners to help students understand course objectives, new knowledge, and civic involvement.  The Office of Academic Service Learning (ASL) seeks to enrich the education of students by providing resources to faculty for creating and improving engaged classroom assignments that advance civic engagement.  The ASL strives to create and maintain relationships with community partners which provide students with unique learning opportunities. 

Is Academic service-learning an internship?

Internships typically offer a relatively independent involvement in a community placement with supervision. In an academic service-learning course, the volunteer/service component is directly linked to the academic learning objectives of a course and seeks to more critically engage community processes with academic preparation.

Is Academic service-learning volunteerism?

Volunteering is simply that, volunteering. It is not related to the academic goals of a particular course although it is an important way to be involved in one's community.