Using the SLQAT, A Research-Based Tool for Supporting and Determining the Quality of Service-Learning Courses

This interactive workshop introduces participants to the Service-Learning Quality Assessment Tool (SLQAT), a research-based instrument to assess 28 key elements of service-learning courses. These 28 key elements have been shown to promote student learning and engagement in higher education. Participants will learn about the development, scoring, and use of the instrument (research and faculty development purposes), and will use this tool to assess sample courses and provide feedback.

After a brief overview of the process and decisions that went into the development of the SLQAT, we will engage participants in reviewing, using the tool and providing recommendations for how to reliably rate the elements. Workshop participants will use the tool and protocols to score a sample service-learning course and to provide feedback on the tool and scoring process. Participants will also be asked to indicate interest in taking part in pilot testing the SLQAT on their campus, further helping with refinement and validation of the instrument. Following this activity, participants will share their experience and comments about the rubric. We will also ask participants to provide some suggestions for preparing future practitioners to use the instrument.

Presented by:

Andrew Furco
, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.



Laurel Hirt, Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Learning at the University of Minnesota, where she has been working with faculty on academic service-learning since July 1997.



Isabel Lopez is a PhD student in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She was also a Fulbright Scholar during 2014-2016 from Mexico.