91850 - Service Learning & Community Engagement Lab - Cesena

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures

Learning outcomes

The laboratory based on the methodology of service learning offers an opportunity of experiential learning (learning) and active engagement (service) within the community and to work on a concrete problem identified in the context of a partnership between the university and community organizations / territorial services. At the end of the activity the student is able to understand problems in context and to reflect on what civic engagement is; he/she has experienced group work, has practiced his/her communication and relational skills and is able to document his/her civic engagement experience and discuss it critically.

Course contents

The course includes the following activities:

· Illustration of principles, concepts and methods of Service Learning: community engagement, service, experiential learning; citizenship competences and transferable competences (soft-skills).

· Meeting with community organizations and illustration of the service learning opportunities available in the community;

· Service Learning, experience in the field. Getting familiar with the context, designing and contributing to the activities/intervention planned with the community organizations;

· Group and individual supervision and consultation;

· Public presentation of the experience to community organizations and community members.


Navigate the website: https://site.unibo.it/servicelearning-labpsicom/en and visit the Virtual Museum of SL https://site.unibo.it/servicelearning-labpsicom/en/virtual-museum-of-service-learning

Teaching methods

At least three classroom meetings (opening, monitoring/evaluation and closing event) and at least 20 documented hours of service in a a partner organisations are foreseen.


The workshop will start on Friday 10 March from 9.30am to 12.30pm, at the New Campus in Cesena.

Times and modalities of the fieldwork will be agreed with the tutors of the partner organisations.

The dates of the monitoring/evaluation meetings will be agreed with the students

Date and procedures of the final restitution will be agreed with students and tutors of the partner organisations.

** the course will be given in Italian.

Erasmus students are welcome. Please notice that an adequate level of Italian language proficiency is required to facilitate interaction with the local community.

Assessment methods

The student must complete a reflective journal on the activity carried out with reference to the specific service-learning experience. It has to be delivered within 15 days from the end of the course. Students will be asked to fulfill a competence questionnaire before and after the course. The final exam includes the assignment of a grade. To pass the exam students have to obtain at least 18/30. Grade will be assigned as follows:

- up to 15/30 for the service performed (based on frequencies, commitment, active participation)

- up to 6/30 for the reflexive journal (higher score will be assigned to deeper reflection on the experience, on context analysis, and on consequences of the experience on learning, on civic and transferable competences according to the guiding questions provided)

- up to 3/30 for the final presentation/public event in the community (based on clarity, communicative efficacy, completeness)

- up to 3/30 for active participation involvement in the monitoring activities

- up to 3/30 for the feedback that they will provide to the tutors of the local organization, reporting the strengths and the weaknesses of the SL experience

- The honors (Lode) will be awarded if the student obtains the maximum in all the assigned tasks and distinguishes himself / herself for the reflexive ability

Teaching tools

Computer, Onedrive, IOL, teams, Zoom, Padlet

Office hours

See the website of Irene Barbieri