From for to of: Online Service-Learning as Both Disruption and Doorway to Democratic Partnerships

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On-line service-learning has the potential to disrupt the dynamics of partnership building by shifting who names community from faculty/staff to students. Viewing this disruption not as detrimental but as a doorway through which students can engage with and learn in their own places, where they may have a strong sense of community, we explore the little word "of," as an alternative to "for" and a complement to "with" in characterizing such service-learning partnerships. Such a shift opens possibilities for student's democratic engagement as they are encouraged to partner and serve in their place(s) rather than only in ours.


Community Engagement 2.0?: Dialogues on the Future of the Civic in the Distrupted University is a volume of the Community Engagement in Higher Education series.