The Key Tasks of Service Learning

The aim of service learning is to advance the integration of community engagement with teaching and learning.

The Service-Learning Division focuses on aspects specifically related to service learning as a curricular form of engagement and educational approach. 

The Service-Learning Division provides various forms of support to lecturers who offer service-learning modules, and thus endeavours to liaise closely with the communities of practice for engaged scholarship (CoPES) and faculty engaged scholarship committees (FESCOs) within the multi-campus structure.

The following are regarded as the key tasks of the Service-Learning Division:

  • Facilitation of the budgeting process with regard to service-learning modules.
  • Support for sustainable implementation of existing service-learning modules and strategic development of new ones.
  • Liaison with UFS staff and external partners (non-profit organisations in particular).
  • Staff development with regard to service learning.
  • Working towards the promotion and inclusion of service learning in performance management and promotion criteria.
  • Developing mechanisms for quality management (including evaluating the impact of service learning on students and communities).
  • Providing institutional guidelines for risk management and ethical issues regarding service learning.
  • Utilisation of a web-based database for service learning for reporting purposes.
  • National and international liaison.
  • Promoting service learning as a scholarly activity.


For more information, contact:
Karen Venter
T: +27 51 401 3732
C: +27 83 310 3715


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