SLCE Nuts & Bolts

This section of the toolkit is your answer.  It offers you guidance about service learning and community engagement (SLCE) organized into the following six categories: Taking Students off Campus, Building a Strong Foundation, Collaborating with Partners, Documenting SLCE and Turning it into Research, and SLCE and Student Learning.  It is a living resource, and we will be updating it frequently.  Please contact Ruthie Yow, SLS Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist ( with your ideas for improving it!

Sending Students Off Campus

We encourage you to engage your students in SLCE off campus! Very often, walking or taking buses/MARTA can be revelatory for students and contribute to your course aims and their experience of the city. Please, explore Atlanta and allow your students to see the city in a whole new light.

Building a Strong Foundation

At SLS we are developing principles for project-based partnerships. These principles arise out of the practice and scholarship of leading centers and practitioners.

Collaborating With Partners

We can offer you support for a broad spectrum of SLCE activities, from guest lecturers for courses to direct service opportunities to larger-scale, longer-term projects. Below, you’ll find outlined some key means by which we can support your SLCE teaching.

Documenting SLCE and Turning it Into Research

In this section, we share several techniques for documenting and sharing your service learning event. We’ve gathered tips on publishing, trip documentation, and details on student media use. Feel free to use these techniques to gather and record data about your event!

SLCE and Student Learning                                                             

Participating in service-learning and community engagement (SLCE) has benefits for students that decades of research supports. Dive into these resources to understand how to enrich your students' education through service.