Transforming Digital Forensic Science Education with Service Learning

Picture of students in the Dorensic Science Institute department

Photo of Dr. Mark McCoyWritten by Mark R. McCoy, Ed.D., Professor, Forensic Science Institute –

The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (2011) defines service learning as a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service learning represents a potentially powerful form of pedagogy because it provides a means of linking the academic with the practical. There is growing evidence that having students apply theoretical material learned in the traditional classroom in a “real world” setting has a positive effect on student learning and interest in the subject matter (Astin et. al., 2000). Service learning projects also benefit the community by providing new perspectives into the work of universities and strengthening community relationships with faculty and students. . . .  read more

TL Abroad: Applied Research in London

Photo of participants in the London Research Trip, 17 of May 2017

Written by Mark Janzen, Ph.D. and Michael S. Springer, Ph.D., History & Geography – 

Summer break provides a great opportunity to get out of the classroom and engage students in transformative learning experiences. In May, Dr. Mark Janzen and I took a group of students to London to work on the Dutch Church Library Provenance Project. The students, History and Museum Studies majors, worked on the project, which is a collaboration between the Dutch Church in London, the oldest Dutch-language Protestant church in the world, and Lambeth Palace Library, one of England’s oldest public libraries. . . .  read more