Applied Learning is 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 (National Service-Learning Clearinghouse).
By helping students engage in community projects with people whose lives are directly affected by those projects, service-learning helps students understand course-related topics from other people's points of view. A student majoring in education, for example, can develop a deeper understanding of the effects of poverty on a child's learning; as a result, that student can more fully appreciate the role of the teacher in addressing conditions that perpetuate poverty in that school district.
In this way, applied learning is consistent with SUNY Cortland's Mission Statement:
SUNY Cortland is an academic community dedicated to diverse learning experiences. Students grow as engaged citizens with a strong social conscience fostered by outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.