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Service-Learning Pedagogy and Practice

This course aims to introduce you as teachers to the concept of service-learning, and to equip you with the pedagogical knowledge and skills required for planning and implementing a service-learning programme for your students.

“服务学习: 教学方法与实践” 网上课程,旨在向作为教师的您介绍服务学习教学法的概念,并提供所需的教学知识和技能,让您可以为学生计划和推行合适的服务学习课程。

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Estimated 4 weeks
3–5 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule
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About this course

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At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, we consider the civic development of our students as one of our core values. In order to achieve this, we have incorporated a number of initiatives on civic awareness, social responsibility, and community engagement into our courses. One of the core elements of this initiative is our institutional commitment to service-learning.

The University’s pioneering service-learning programmes integrate academic study with community service, inspiring our students to apply professional knowledge and skills to give back to society. As of August 2018, over 16,000 students have spent more than 660,000 hours providing services for over 80,000 people within and outside of Hong Kong.

Through this introductory course, we aim to share with you our own experience, and the most recent academic research, methods, and best practices, in order to help you build your own service-learning programme.

In this course, we have incorporated up-to-date theory, multimedia, and peer-to-peer interaction to bring our own expertise together with the benefits of collaborative learning to create an engaging instructional environment. We have brought our own institutions' expertise in service-learning together with experienced teachers from around the world, and academic experts in the field to give you a range of perspectives and make the material as useful as possible.




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  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English, 中文

What you'll learn

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Explain the concept and principles of service-learning

• Recognise the benefits of service-learning for your students, yourself and your institution, and your target community

• Develop an effective service-learning programme relevant to your discipline, experience, and expertise

• Explore strategies and methods to facilitate student reflections

• Design effective assessments of student learning in service-learning

This course consists of six units, they are:

* Unit 1: What is Service-Learning?

* Unit 2: Benefits and Challenges of Service-Learning

* Unit 3: Developing and Sustaining Community Partnership

* Unit 4: Designing and Implementing Service-Learning

* Unit 5: Facilitating Reflection

  • Unit 6: Assessing Student Outcomes in Service-Learning

The course also requires the learners to complete an assessment at the end of each unit and a course feedback survey.

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This course was partly developed as a multi-institutional project with funding from the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and the participating universities titled: "Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education Institutions".


部分课程是由大学教育资助委员会及各参与大学联合资助开发的跨院校项目,题为 “Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education Institutions"



We would also like to thank the students, staff, and community partners who took part in the interviews and shared their experience and practical wisdom with us throughout the development of this course.


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