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Distance Teaching with Service Learning and Civic Engagement BETA

A Toolkit from University of Maine at Augusta, and University of Southern Maine

Print Version of the Toolkit: uma.edu/faculty-cedoc

Student Handouts

Select a project: This document will help students in planning the action component of their service learning with some tips and things to avoid.

Brainstorming a Project Idea: A helpful list of prompts and questions to guide students through thinking about the types of Civic Engagement placements that will fit with their goals, values, and skills.

Locating a Community Partner: A list of Maine-based and virtual organizations that can connect you with Civic Engagement and volunteering opportunities. 

Project Ideas (What Might I Actually Do?): A great resource for brainstorming about what kinds of projects students can do in their individual placements.

Propose a Project for Consideration: A step-by-step guide for students to successfully connect with and propose project ideas to their community partner.  Includes making first contact, placement etiquette, sample questions to engage hopeful partners, personal safety in the field and more!

Project Proposal Template: This customizable template can serve as a great tool for students to outline project details and desired outcomes, communicate their role in the project process and reflect on connections between the project and their course learning outcomes with faculty.

Critical Incident Journal: A helpful list of field experience journal prompts about a specific incident.

Double-Entry Journal: This graphic organizer will help students connect their field experiences with course content and learning experiences.

Key Phrase Reflection Journal: This customizable example encourages students to utilize key content-specific language in this reflection, helping students to increase their working subject-area literacy.

Netiquette Guide for Students: Help students develop the virtual communication skills necessary to learning and working at a distance with this Netiquette guide!

Service Learning Agreement: This fully customizable template will help the student, community partner, and faculty member articulate project parameters, time investment expectations and develop a communication plan/feedback loop.

Student Reflection Journal Questions and Prompts: This great starter list will help you create great reflective journal prompts!

Three-Part Reflection Journal Template: This customizable sample template focuses on students connecting their experiences with course content and personal experiences and values.

Online Discussion Expectations: This document explains to students your expectations for participating in online discussions. It includes rational, specific details, tips, and a rubric.

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