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ERIC Number: EJ859465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Service-Learning from a Distance: Partnering Multiple Universities and Local Governments in a Large Scale Initiative
Poindexter, Sandra; Arnold, Pamela; Osterhout, Christopher
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v15 n2 p56-67 Spr 2009
Service-learning can be academically effective even when the distances between students and client organizations prevent face-to-face interchanges and site visits. Working with the State of Michigan and Michigan Townships Association, Michigan students from five universities learned about local government while helping Michigan townships develop Web sites and assess project outcomes through remote communication. Challenges were overcome in the management of a three-year project with numerous student teams serving nearly 100 local government partners. Analyzing the project from the perspectives of instructors, students, and government staff, this paper reflects on processes, benefits, problems, and lessons learned for all stakeholders. Recommendations are provided. (Contains 2 figures.)
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan