Professional Course

Service-learning Pedagogy and Practice

edX, Online
4 weeks
4 weeks
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Course description

Service-learning Pedagogy and Practice

At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, we consider the civic development of our students as one of our core values. In order to achieve this, we have incorporated a number of initiatives on civic awareness, social responsibility, and community engagement into our courses. One of the core elements of this initiative is our institutional commitment to service-learning.

The University’s pioneering service-learning programmes integrate academic study with community service, inspiring our students to apply professional knowledge and skills to give back to society. As of August 2018, over 16,000 students have spent more than 660,000 hours providing services for over 80,000 people within and outside of Hong Kong.

Through this introductory course, we aim to share with you our own experience, and the most recent academic research, methods, and best practices, in order to help you build your own service-learning programme.

In this course, we have incorporated up-to-date theory, multimedia, and peer-to-peer interaction to bring our own expertise together with the benefits of collaborative learning to create an engaging instructional environment. We have brought our own institutions' expertise in service-learning together with experienced teachers from around the world, and academic experts in the field to give you a range of perspectives and make the material as useful as possible.

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Training content

This course consists of six units, they are:

This course consists of six units. The content is as follows:

Unit 1: What is Service-Learning?

Unit 2: Benefits and Challenges of Service-Learning

Unit 3: Developing and Sustaining Community Partnership

Unit 3: Establishment and sustainable development of community partners

Unit 4: Designing and Implementing Service -Learning

Unit 5: Facilitating Reflection

Unit 5: How to assist students in reflection

Unit 6: Assessing Student Outcomes in Service-Learning

The course also requires the learners to complete an assessment at the end of each unit and a course feedback survey.

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a partner institute of EdX.

3-5 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$99
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • Explain the concept and principles of service-learning explain the concept and principles of service-learning
  • Recognize the benefits of service-learning for your students, yourself and your institution, and your target community
  • Develop an effective service-learning program relevant to your discipline, experience, and expertise
  • Explore strategies and methods to facilitate student reflections
  • Design effective assessments of student learning in service-learning Design effective assessments of student learning in service-learning

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