Note: This article's focus is on the next-generation Service Learning Module (SLM), released by Galaxy Digital in late 2017/early 2018. For information on the old version (Legacy SLM), click here. The SLM is an add-on module and is not part of a standard Connect platform. SLM features are only available to clients who have purchased the module.
This article is an introduction for students who are using a Connect site to respond to volunteer opportunities and log volunteer hours as a course requirement. It explains how to join a course on the site and provides links to articles on finding service opportunities, responding to available needs as part of a course, logging your volunteer hours, and viewing your course progress.
To access the full SLM Student Guide, click here.
By default, Connect sites use the terminology defined below:
- SLM - Service Learning Module. Many Connect sites are used by both educational institutions and the general public. This article uses "SLM" when referring to use by students, professors, and nonprofits participating in a service-learning type of program where students do community service as part of their course requirements.
- SLM User Group - An academic course that has a service-learning component.
Note: Connect sites have two types of user groups: SLM user groups and standard user groups (individuals who belong to, and are doing volunteer work as part of, a company, social or service club, or other volunteer group)
- SLM User Group Portal - An area of a Connect site where students can view their progress toward their courses' service requirements.
- SLM Leader - The person(s) responsible for managing an SLM user group; typically a professor, instructor, or teaching assistant. SLM Leaders have the ability to approve or deny your volunteer hours and to edit your hours and need responses.
- Need - A volunteer or service opportunity.
- Response - A response to a need; on a Connect site, when you sign up to volunteer, you're creating a need response.
Your site manager has the ability to override these terms, so it's possible the terms on your site may not match those used in this and other articles.
Even though you may already have signed up for a course, you need to "join" the course on a Connect site so that your instructor can track your service hours. Typically, you will join a course by clicking a link provided to you by your instructor.
Once you click the link, you will be taken to your school's Connect site. Depending on your site's setup, you may be asked to sign up or log in. Once you have done so, you'll be taken to your My User Groups page, which will have a message that you've been added to the user group and a list of any user groups that you belong to. (Click image for a larger view.)
To view the need (service opportunities) available for your course, click View Needs.
Using Your Connect Site's SLM
As a student, you'll use your Connect site to find your course's service opportunities, respond to needs, log hours, and monitor the progress of your and your fellow students. See the articles below for more information.
- Finding Service Opportunities - Explains how to use the site to locate the needs that have been assigned to your course.
- Responding to a Need - Explains how to sign up for a service opportunity and ensure that your response is associated with the course you're taking. This article also shows you how to edit your response, whether you need to change the associated user group, change the shift you signed up for, or unregister from the need altogether.
- Submitting Your Volunteer Hours - Walks you through the process of logging hours for volunteer work completed.
- Monitoring Your Service-Learning Progress - Shows you how to access and use the SLM User Groups area of the site, as well as how to generate reports showing your volunteerism accomplishments.
Your SLM Student Guide contains additional articles on responding to needs, logging volunteer hours, and monitoring your progress toward your course's service-learning goals.