Students & Service-Learning
Service-Learning Frequently Asked Questions for Students
How do I view my Service-Learning position details after registering?
You can login to EXPO
anytime to view the details of your service-learning position.
I have contacted my organization but have yet to hear back from them. What should I do?
Your service-learning site supervisor may be balancing multiple projects and responsibilities. Allow 24-36 hours before reaching out to them for a second time. Keep in mind most organizations work regular business hours so you will need to allow extra time for a response if you contact your organization over the weekend. The Carlson Center recommends utilizing both phone and e-mail to get in touch with your organization. If you have tried the above-listed solutions and are still having trouble, please come to Mary Gates Hall 171 to speak to a member of the Carlson Center staff.
Can I switch my service-learning position?
Service-learning registration occurs online and generally takes place during the first week of classes. At any time during the service-learning registration period you can login to our online system to switch to a different position/organization. After registration has closed, you will need to come to Mary Gates Hall 171 to work directly with a member of the Carlson Center staff to change your service-learning site. Except in the case of significant difficulties, the Carlson Center discourages students from changing their service-learning site after registration has closed.
I want to drop service-learning completely. How do I do this?
Check your course syllabus to determine whether service-learning is an optional or required component of your course. If you are in a course with optional service-learning and you choose to drop your service-learning commitment, be in contact with your service-learning site supervisor, your course instructor, and the Carlson Center about your decision. If you are considering dropping service-learning but are unsure, feel free to talk with your course instructor or a member of the Carlson Center staff – we might be able to help address your concerns.
When should my service-learning orientation take place?
Your orientation to your organization should take place during the second week of the academic quarter. A date and time for a service-learning orientation should be listed in your position description
. Immediately upon completion of your online service-learning registration, you should contact your organization to confirm your attendance at the orientation. If no orientation date is listed, be in touch with your site supervisor immediately to work out a mutually agreeable time during the second week of the quarter.
How many hours are needed to successfully complete my service-learning commitment?
Service-learning positions are designed to be between 20 to 40 hours. Usually this means students commit 3-5 hours per week to their service-learning position. Carefully review the organization’s expectations in your position description
and have a conversation with your organization at the beginning of the quarter to determine the exact number of hours you will need to meet your commitment to the organization. Your commitment should last for the duration of the academic quarter.
Can I earn extra credit for completing service-learning?
Service-learning is integrated into your coursework. Students do not earn additional credit for completing service-learning but demonstrate their learning through various course assignments. In some classes, service-learning is offered as an alternative to other assignments.
Can I use one service-learning site to complete a service-learning requirement for two courses?
Yes. With the approval from both of your instructors, students can complete one service-learning commitment and have it count toward two service-learning classes. This arrangement will require you to reflect upon your service-learning experience through multiple lenses similar to having one text assigned to two courses. If you plan to use one service-learning commitment for two courses, register for one service-learning position. Then e-mail the Carlson Center at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know your intentions and that you have your instructors’ approval. We will connect your service-learning site to both courses.
How will my course instructor know I have successfully completed my service-learning?
At the end of the quarter, the Carlson Center will ask your site supervisor to complete an online evaluation of your service-learning commitment. This evaluation will be shared with both your course instructor and the Carlson Center.
If I am having problems or concerns regarding my service-learning, whom should I contact?
Be in touch with your site supervisor with questions or concerns about your service-learning experience. If you need additional assistance, members of the Carlson Center staff are available to assist you. The Carlson Center is part of the Center for Experiential Learning and is located in Mary Gates Hall 171. We can also be reached at email@example.com or 206-543-4282.
I want to keep working with my organization beyond this quarter. Is this okay? What resources to do this are available through the Carlson Center?
If you are interested in continuing to work with your service-learning organization after the quarter’s end, be in touch with your site supervisor to discuss the details of continued volunteering. The Carlson Center offers a number of resources for students involved in volunteer work in the community. General Studies 350
allows students to earn academic credit for community-based internships. Throughout the year, the Mary Gates Endowment
has scholarships available for students engaged in community-based leadership. Finally, visit the Carlson Center website
to view courses that will offer a service-learning component in the upcoming quarter.