About Our Service-Learners

Our pro bono service-learning projects are completed by volunteer college students who are enrolled in instructional design and performance improvement programs. Students are selected during a competitive application and review process. For this project, we received nearly double the applicants as available positions within the cohort, so we were forced to make tough selection decisions based on the experience level of the applicants. The following is the full roster of volunteer service-learners selected for this project, along with their school affiliations and their faculty sponsors.

  • Cynthia Casillas, School of Education University of Wisconsin-Stout; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Susan Manning
  • Helen Graves, UC Irvine; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Dana Massin
  • Shawn Haag, University of Minnesota; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Angel Pazurek
  • Paige Hale, Morehead State University; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. John Curry
  • Eunsung Park*, Pennsylvania State University; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Roy Clariana
  • Gilbert Reyna, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Stephen Rodriguez and Dr. Susan Elwood
  • Sandye Royer, Idaho State University; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jane Strickland
  • Keith Webster*, University of Tampa; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Enilda Romero-Hall
  • Greg Williams, Brigham Young University; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Richard E. West
  • Xue Yang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. J. Jessica Li

* Returning from the Spring 2014 service-learning cohort


Design Assignments

Unit 1. Science – Topic: Scientific Method (incomplete)

Unit 2. Science – Topic: Design a Scientific Experiment

  • Keith Webster

Unit 3. Writing – Topic: Creating an Outline in Response to a Writing Prompt

  • Paige Hale
  • Xue Yang

Unit 4. Writing – Topic: Paraphrasing and Summarizing

  • Cynthia Casillas

  • Greg Williams

Unit 5. Math and Science – Topic: Combinations and Permutations

  • Gilbert Reyna
  • Sandye Royer

Unit 6. Math and Science – Topic: Probability

  • Helen Graves

Unit 7. Word War II Summary

  • Eunsung Park
  • Shawn Haag

The Selection Process

We encourage students to use this experience for both individual and group-based course projects. In addition, student volunteer candidates may use this experience to fulfill an internship or practicum requirement, depending upon the requirements of their program.

Our process began with our needs and goal consultation with our nonprofit clients. A Call for Volunteers describing the nature of the project and requesting volunteer help was posted on our www.designersforlearning.org website, and a copy of the call will be emailed to all students and faculty members who have expressed interest in either volunteering or mentoring volunteers. As part of a competitive selection process, interested student volunteer candidates were be asked to submit an application responding to the call. All student volunteers must be sponsored by a faculty member from the student’s instructional design program. The faculty member acts as a reference for the student. Volunteers were selected based on the academic and work backgrounds of the student candidates.

Interested? Contact Us!

If you are a currently enrolled instructional design college student interested in gaining real-world experience as an instructional designer, please contact us. Once we receive notice of your interest, we will contact you when projects become available.