Mar 7 2013

SOURCE Supports Service-Learning Courses to Deepen Student Learning

Posted by Ira Gooding at 8:47 AM General

The following is a guest post from Elizabeth Doerr, Associate Director of SOURCE

When SPH students expressed a desire to increase their involvement in the community while integrating the experiences into their course work, SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center) created the SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program (FFP) to respond to that need. SOURCE is the community service and service-learning center for the JHU Shools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. WIth SOURCE's network of over 100 partnering Baltimore city non-profits and their expertise in curriculum development, SOURCE has created a means to support faculty on integrating inovative teaching methods into health professional education through service-learning pedagogy.

Service-learning is a pedagogy that engages students in experiential learning so that they can tangibly connect their academic learning to their career and real-world environments through community service. Service-learning goes beyond just providing service and instead encourages student learning. Through service-learning course evaluations, research has demonstrated that service-learning increases students' application of learning to the real world, a deeper understanding of course material, critical thinking, and problem analysis (Eyler et al., 2001). In order to prepare faculty to apply this new pedagogy, the FFP trains and supports faculty in integrating service-learning into their courses by providing formal training, one-one-one consultation, and established relationships with over 100 diverse community organizations.

The 2012-13 Faculty Fellows collectively integrated service-learning into nine courses. Additionally, they have gained a great deal by working alongside like-minded faculty. Two SOURCE Faculty Fellows explain the benefits of the program to their teaching:

"In only a few months, I have made connections for potential proposals/collaborations, student referrals, shared resources, lecture exchanges, and invaluable networking." - Daniela Lewy, MPH, Research Associate, Health Systems Program, Department of International Health

"Because of my experience as [a Faculty Fellow], I was able to create a service-learning course that [has] allowed me to work closer with my students and with my partnering CBOs to create a productive and enriching learning experience for everyone." - Vanya Jones, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Center for Injury Reserach and Policy

Applications for the 2013-14 FFP Cohrot are due Friday, March 15th. To learn more about this pedagogy, FFP, and SOURCE, please visit or contact SOURCE Associate Director, Elizabeth DOERR at or 410-955-3880.


Eyler, JS, Giles, DE, Stenson, GM, & Gray, CJ (2001). At a Glance: What we know about the effects of service-learning on college students, faculty, institiutions, and communities, 1993-2000 (3rd Ed). Funded by the Corp for National Service, Learn and Serve American National SL Clearninghouse.




kristinakathy wrote on 03/13/139:23 AM

SOURCE is really good service center, which is very helpful for the students.

DJ wrote on 03/17/138:52 AM

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manik wrote on 03/21/132:24 AM

Thank you for the inspiring reporting and beautiful photos! I have a question: how do the
mothers arrange their clothing to breastfeed so discreetly? I ask because here in the UK
some immigrant mothers find it hard to wear their traditional clothes and also feed the
baby - especially if they wear the shalwar kameez. I'm amazed because they must have been
designed for breastfeeding - but it seems the latest fashions are for a tight fitting,
long tunic. The shawl part of the sari looks very practical - but what do they wear
underneath and what options are there? Many thanks for any light you can shine on this!

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