Service-learning as a university experience

Activity embedded in the UNIC CityLab - Online Event: From data collector to co-researcher - how to successfully collaborate with society

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Start: 10.11.2022
End: 10.11.2022


Service-Learning is a teaching and learning methodology, which seeks the performance of effective service for the community and the development of critical reflection by students that is centred on the pursuit of social justice. Some of its basic components are: the community of learning and of those who receive the service; the critical learning of the students; and the intentionality of transformation and the search for justice. These are the main challenges addressed during the session.

In the first part of this workshop, Idoia Irigaray Apalategui (Coordinator for Deusto Campus, San Sebastian, a service for extracurricular activities) shared through the presentation of the project "Strengthening Service-Learning at Jesuit Universities in Spain", project of which are coordinators, the lessons learned during the processes of collaborative institutionalisation of Service-Learning in Jesuit universities in Spain. The aim of this workshop was to highlight the beneficial results of implementing this methodology in high education institutions and the impact it has directly on university students.

During the second part of the workshop, was developed an interactive activity. Using the Joamboard tool, where we will reflect on different aspects of the Service Learning.

Total participants: 4

Total students: 2

Total Staff members: 1

Total representatives of societal stakeholders: 1

Service Learning integrates engagement on behalf of a social group into a organized learning experience and aims at a better understanding of study content and subjects, the development of personal values and the formation of a sense of civic responsibility through community engagement or its reflection.


There is a huge variety of community intervention experiences in which university students can develop a strong social commitment. However, not every experience with a social intention has the same impact on academic training or student learning, nor are they equally effective in solving the problems posed by the community.

In seeking to understand this diversity, it can be valuable to resort to the “service-learning quadrants", originally developed at Stanford University, a sort of map on which the complex and diverse variety of experiences that students have outside the university classroom can be located and systematized.

Some contributions from de participants about the Service Learning:


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