Service Learning 101 Online Learning Institute

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Description of the learning:

Designed for teachers to understand the why, what, and how of service learning for agency. Know how to apply service learning in your school context. By gaining an understanding of what service learning is in schools, and how to implement it in teaching and learning. Participants will gain an understanding of Service Learning in schools and how to integrate it in curriculum for improved teaching and learning. 

“Participants interact with live instruction, group collaboration, video, and individualized time over 3 weeks to work on integrating what is learned into a current school context.“

Facilitator is Tara Barton


Introduction to the online platform for this learning institute;
You will be able to navigate our online learning platform and how to communicate/collaborate;
We will share with you how to navigate of all key components of the institute- how to find Mail, Assignments, Assessments, Calendar, Discussion forum, portfolio- google doc folder, articles, resources, webinars.

Know what are the formative and summative assessments for understanding;


Diagnostic- Service Learning 101 Pre Institute Survey

  • Chat room Discussion forum
  • Zoom Meets Learning
  • Journal- goal setting
  • Active participation in all learning activities


Unit Integration plan for service learning

Introduction to blended learning and tools for learning:

Throughout the institute you will have access to both synchronous and asynchronous communication for learning. You might be wondering why is this important? The word synchronous means working together at the same time, and in the online learning world, chat rooms and online conferences are good examples of synchronous communication. In a chat room, people’s comments to each other are relayed immediately, enabling a real-time discourse. Similarly, online conferencing enables real-time conversations to take place online. Learning from synchronous communication is enhanced because real-time conversations allow people to explore, through writing or talking about concepts. Asynchronous communication is the relay of information with a time lag. Discussion forums and email are two examples of how asynchronous communication is employed in online learning. It is very helpful to communicate in this way, to have time to formulate thoughts before responding. The main disadvantage to asynchronous communication is time lost waiting for a response or feedback

  1. Please fill in the Diagnostic- Service Learning 101 Pre Institute Survey
  2. Navigate the learning platform to feel comfortable to be able to communicate and collaborate. Add to the discussion forum a little bit about yourself to share with other participants to get to know each other (Name, where you are located, school, passion/s. Locate the Online chat room. The purpose is to build relationships, engagement, and knowing participants to be able to develop Agency. 
  3. Know how to find the schedule, dates/times of webinars.
  4. Know how you will self assess and the types of assessments for the learning institute.
  5. From your choice of the readings, write in your participant workbook key takeaways from each article and how these could be implemented into teaching and learning.

Required Reading:


Digital Gaming:

Kahoot!, Quizizz and Quizlet. Multiple-choice questions that players answer on their own devices. You can choose from the thousands of quizzes already shared on these sites or create content-specific questions to use as pre-assessments, quizzes or exit tickets. 

Breakout EDU also has a collection of digital games, puzzles and ciphers that promote critical thinking.

What strategies can be used for service learning?

Active Learning- Providing opportunities to interview people working in your local community will help in developing understanding the needs of a partner and develop a relationship for ongoing service learning. Case studies, group projects, or gathering and analysing local data are just a few of the many examples of active learning.


What service learning is and the difference between community service and how service learning is integrated into curriculum.

Enduring Understandings:

  • What service learning is and is not and how to integrate it into learning organizations and with community.

Participants will explore:

  • Approaches to Service learning
  • partnerships and collaboratives and leadership and mentorship development
  • Integration of service learning in curriculum

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Application of knowledge, skills and understanding of service learning in local school context
  2. Development of a plan for service learning integration

Participants will spend approximately 1.5 hours online (zoom synchronous meetings weekly) and two-four hours of independent study asynchronous application of learning.

Instructor/Facilitator and Feedback:

To receive the Serve Learn 101 certificate of participation all participants need to complete the Serve Learn Academy learning activities. Feedback will be provided on the performance tasks that form the basis of the course summative assessments at the end of the workshop Week 4.

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Tara Barton

Director at Serve Learn Educational Consultants

Tara Barton is the Director of Serve Learn Educational Consultants and has extensive experience and expertise in leadership, curriculum development and integration, developing sustainable service learning frameworks for learning organizations.

Tara has lived and worked internationally for 18 years in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa and is currently based in Melbourne, Victoria Australia. She works with international schools around the world consulting and applying the K-12 Serve Learn Curriculum with stakeholders. Tara has a Masters in Educational Leadership (LeHigh University, USA), PTC Principals Training Certificate (USA), Is a qualified UbD Trainer (Wiggins UbD, USA) and Coaching Certification from University Wisconsin USA.,

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Course Includes

  • 5 Modules
  • 19 Topics