Completing the ELR through Service

Students may satisfy their Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) through individual service projects. These students must develop a customized service experience that includes specific learning outcomes, a minimum of 40 hours of direct service to the community, intentional reflection activities, and periodic evaluations from direct supervisors and Kernodle Center staff. The service experience must:
 
  • offer reciprocal benefit for the student and the community for whom the student serves
  • meet an identified need in the community
  • be of a direct or indirect nature (consulting, project development, research)
All students are eligible to complete this requirement using the Service-Learning ELR Workbook. However, students must begin the process outlined below prior to beginning the service experience. If a student wishes to fulfill the ELR in this manner, they must contact the Kernodle Center at the beginning of the semester in which they plan to complete the requisite service hours. Kernodle Center staff will review the ELR workbook and process with the student before the service project begins.
 
ELR Deadlines
Students may not begin their ELR after Fall Break or Spring Break. This requirement ensures that community agencies have time to coordinate students.
 
ELR Completion Process
  • Set up an orientation with Kernodle Center staff.
  • Identify an agency to serve, create a job description and determine specific learning objectives.
  • Complete reading assignments and set up time for completing the Exploratory Interview.
  • Complete the Mid-Experience Evaluation with Kernodle Center staff and turn in the Contextual Paper.
  • Complete the End of Service Evaluation with the site supervisor and turn in the Reflective Analysis.
  • Complete the exit interview with Kernodle Center staff and turn in the workbook.
For more information, stop by Moseley 230 or e-mail elonvols@elon.edu.