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SLIHE - Service learning in higher education - fostering the third mission of universities and civic engagement of students

Goal: The main objective of the project is to strengthen capacities of HEIs in the fulfillment of their third mission and to improve civic engagement of students through implementation o the innovative strategy of service-learning in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

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Alžbeta Brozmanová Gregorová
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As a proxy of community-engaged teaching and learning pedagogy in higher education institutions (HEIs), service-learning (SL) has just recently become a phenomenon of research and policy interest in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This study explores the first-ever service-learning experience of 246 students coming from three universities at Central and Eastern Europe (Slovakia, Romania and Croatia). The quantitative part of the survey was used to compare the differences between countries, whereas the qualitative part of the survey was a summative assessment, i.e., reflections on the satisfaction with SL experiences were collected through the open-ended questions of the survey, by treating the three countries as one dataset. Research findings speak in favour of students' satisfaction with their first-ever SL experience, regardless of the country of their residence. Students from all three countries highly value their SL experience as it provided them with possibilities to learn a lot about the academic field and community as well, by facilitating their personal and professional contribution to the community. The legacy of SL courses relates with paradigmatic shifts in various academic aspects, like students and professors changing roles, students being placed in the centre of the learning process, connectedness of the curricula with the real-life setting, better understanding and appreciation of subjects studied. As for the non-academic related aspects, students' reflection disclose their acknowledgment of personal growth and changes related with cognitive, emotional and behavioural dimensions. Our findings reveal that the unique experience students had with the SL courses shaped their narratives into ones of satisfaction and change.
Alžbeta Brozmanová Gregorová
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The purpose of this handbook is to provide support to academic personnel (teachers) who decide to deliver courses based on SL in any type of higher education institution. The manual is structured in five chapters, which provide an overview of the key issues of SL understanding and implementation in higher education. In addition to the main text, you will also find several tasks, which are related to the successful planning and implementation of SL in your course and/or institution. The manual is the output of the Erasmus+ protect SLIHE (www.slihe.eu)
The purpose of this trainers’ handbook is to provide support to trainers who will deliver training in service-learning in any type of higher education institution. This handbook presents for the trainers the structure of the training (training flow), gives additional ideas, useful tools and methods on how to conduct a training session effectively, keeping in mind that the training should provide a safe place for each participant to be active and express their own opinion. The suggestions are based on the experiences and work of SLIHE partners and the result of the pilot process in 4 EU countries within the Erasmus+ project SLIHE (www.slihe.eu).
Alžbeta Brozmanová Gregorová
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In this paper, we present the partial results of the SLIHE project. The first phase of the SLIHE project was focused on research on the needs of teachers in relation to the implementation of the servicelearning strategy in the following countries and institutions: • Slovakia – Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, • Czech Republic - Palacký University in Olomouc, • Romania - Universitatea Babes Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, • Croatia - Sveuciliste u Rijeci, Filozofsky Fakultet u Rijeci. The summary of the findings from the need assessment of academic teachers regarding the implementation of the SL in a university environment and the proposal of education of higher education teachers in this strategy is presented for the above-mentioned institutions and countries (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Croatia).
Thomas Sporer
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This paper describes how the extra-curricular project activities of students in informal communities of practice can be embedded into the formal curriculum of higher education via e-portfolios. First we introduce the context of our case study and outline the didactic concept of a study programme that aims at fostering key competencies. We then go on to explain the purpose of the portfolio approach within this study programme. We present the software tool "e³-portfolio" and illustrate its application by a brief user scenario. Afterwards we argue how our portfolio approach combines reflection on experience and the assessment of learning. We show how we scaffold the student’s reflection process, how we assess the extra-curricular activities in the project groups and explain the assessment criteria and feedback processes that are employed.
e3-portfolio is a software tool which supports learning and working in student project groups. Besides features for collaboration via social media, the software offers an electronic portfolio system. The e-portfolio helps to integrate informal project-based learning into the formal curriculum of higher education. This paper gives an overview of how the software tool is designed and relates the design to the underlying didactic concept.
Tatiana Matulayova
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Mária Svidroňová
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The first kick-off meeting was held in Krems, Austria. More updates coming soon.
 
Mária Svidroňová
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The main objective of the project is to strengthen capacities of HEIs in the fulfillment of their third mission and to improve civic engagement of students through implementation o the innovative strategy of service-learning in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.