Advancing Human Services Education: Exploratory Study of International Service-learning and Digital Pedagogy


  • Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key Old Dominion University
  • Dr. Anthony Vajda University of Arkansas
  • Dr. T'Airra Belcher Loyola University


This study focuses on advancing the understanding of human services education in international service learning focused study abroad programs. There is a gap in the literature pertaining to service-learning education for human services students.  This study explores the integration of service-learning, reflection, and technology in human services education. Case study methodology and document review analysis are used to examine the use of ePortfolio as a reflective tool in addition to the skill development of upper-level undergraduate human services students through service learning. Seven themes arose from the findings, which suggest that international service-learning assists students in human services skill development and ePortfolio are effective as a reflective tool in human services education.