The benefits of service learning for students, the university, and the community are well-documented, but many times online students are not given the benefit of these opportunities. This study follows the course of one counseling program’s integration of service learning into its online curriculum. The goal of the service learning project was to provide school counselors in the New Orleans Recovery School District with the resources and materials to help parents and students understand the importance of school attendance. Over the course of eight months, approximately 70 online students in the Counseling program designed a two-pronged approach (i.e., prevention and remediation) that targeted students and parents and addressed the issue of truancy at the elementary, middle, and high school grade levels. The goals for the online Master’s students who participated in this project were to: (1) Enhance students’ decision making skills, problem-solving skills, creative/critical thinking skills, and responsibility taking, (2) Improve students’ interpersonal skills with diverse populations, (3) Create products and provide resources that target truancy in the N.O. Recovery School District, (4) Enhance students’ technology skills, and (5) Celebrate student learning and participation.
|Keywords:||Service Learning, Online Education, Graduate Students|
Assistant Professor and School Counseling Coordinator, Student Personnel Services and Counseling, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA, USA
Associate Professor and SPS Program Coordinator, Student Personnel Services and Counseling, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA, USA
Assistant Professor, Student Personnel Services and Counseling, Northwestern State University, Northwestern State, LA, USA