The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to release
this video highlighting the IUP String Project, directed by Linda Jennings,
associate professor in the Department of Music. This video showcases great teaching practice that integrates service
learning for exceptional instruction and experiential educational opportunities
for IUP students.
Since 2004, the IUP String Project continues to provide a
community string music education outreach program for the Indiana area as well
as a unique teacher training program for IUP music students. As part of
the National String Project Consortium, the IUP String Project supports
national initiatives in string music education of mentoring future string
teachers and providing more opportunities for young string musicians to grow
through music. The video tells the story of the IUP String Project. A special thanks to Sarah Everett and Stephanie Taylor-Davis for making this
Field-based “experiential learning” with community
partners is an instructional strategy—and is often a required part of the course.
Giving students direct experience with issues they are studying in the curriculum
and pairing these ongoing efforts to analyze and solve problems in the community
allows students to both apply what they are learning in real-world settings and
reflect in a classroom setting on their service experiences. These programs
model the idea that giving something back to the community is an important
college outcome, and that working with community partners is good preparation
for citizenship, work, and life.
In whatever form, service learning is a High-Impact Practice.
Development and implementation of service learning takes a substantial amount
of planning and communication among faculty, students, and campus
partnerships/communities; but the high impact for students, faculty, and
community partners is rewarding for all.
IUP’s Office of Service Learning promotes excellence in
professional and personal character development through experiential learning
opportunities that bridge the curriculum with community service. Service
learning opportunities for students are supported by a variety of units and
departments across campus.