The University of Notre Dame Australia
School of Education Service-Learning Conference 2015

Conference theme: ‘To give is to receive: True Service-Learning

Thank you to all the delegates, school staff and students for your support of the inaugural 2015 Service-learning Conference. The feedback from the conference has been overwhelmingly positive and the showcase of brilliant work undertaken in schools was a highlight for all participants.

We certainly met our maxim of ‘To give is to receive: True service-learning’.

During the plenary panel discussion it was clear there was support for on-going sharing in this field. Over the coming weeks we hope to review the feedback from the conference and examine how we can link the knowledge shared to promote and support Service-learning in Australia.

Where to from here?
For people interested in continuing the conversation about Service-learning, in 2016 we are hoping to strengthen the existing networks of teachers and schools involved in service-learning. Our aims being

  • to increase the range of service-learning programs available in schools
  • to continue to develop the service-learning research base - with the cooperation of schools and universities
  • to link people with quality service-learning resources and networks.

eJournal of Catholic Education in Australasia
There is an opportunity for interested people to share their Service-learning research, projects and presentations through the eJournal of Catholic Education Australasia. A special edition of the journal will be published early in 2016 specifically to share the conference outcomes. Dr Shane Lavery will be contacting all delegates and schools who participated in the 2015 conference with further information.

Service-learning Networks
For interested FACEBOOK users you may like to access the Australian Service-Learning Network. There is also a Service-learning Network list. The list is called: sln and can be accessed by writing to: - that's SLN and not ‘SIN’. Only members of the list can write to the list. Instructions to Subscribe and Unsubscribe to this list are published at the base of each initial thread sent to the list.

Best wishes for the festive season.