Thanks for visiting the MSU Academic Service-Learning (ASL) Blog. Here you’ll find a variety of resources designed to help Minnesota State University faculty and community agencies create service-learning partnerships. This site is jointly administered by Minnesota State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Community Engagement Office.
- What are the key features of this site? There are three: 1) Categories–look to the top left and you will see something called “Categories.” The content here comes entirely from user posts–agencies requesting partners, faculty letting agencies know they have a class willing to serve and learn, etc., 2) Fixed Pages–Directly above you will see a series of pages with topics such as ASL Definition and Expectations and Assessment Forms. The content in the fixed pages above comes from the site’s administrators (though input is encouraged), and 3) Discussion–Near the fixed pages, you’ll find a place where you can post comments and questions about ASL.
- How can I post to this site? Simply go to the “Leave a Reply” box found at the bottom of this Welcome page and enter your post. You may be a community agency hoping to get help designing your website or a faculty member hoping her students can learn course material by helping an agency find grant resources or an agency wanting to share a quick ASL success story. All you have to do is post your entry below–we’ll take it from there.
- What will happen to my post? First, the administrators of this site will place your post in the appropriate category on the left-hand side of this blog. From here, we will do our best to ensure your post is read by as many people as possible.
- How should I write a post? Click here for sample posts.
- If I post looking for a service-learning partner, am I guaranteed a service-learning match? No, we’ll do the best we can, but this site is simply designed to be one tool helping connect community and campus.
- How can I subscribe to this blog and what does this mean? You can subscribe by clicking the RSS icon on the top right side of this page. Subscribing to a blog is described here.
- Who should I contact to ask questions in person? The primary contact for community agencies is Marilyn Lott, Assistant Director for Community Engagement (389-5746; firstname.lastname@example.org); the primary contact for faculty is Stewart Ross, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (389-7431; email@example.com).
We value your contributions to this site. If you have an academic service-learning success story, please describe it in the “Leave a Reply” box below–we’ll then post it in the story category above. If you have a tool or strategy that works well for you, please tell us about it below, and we’ll place it in the tips category. In short, this site cannot be a success without your input–don’t be shy.
Thanks…and best of luck in all your service-learning endeavors.