“Burst the Bubble” workshops accepting course proposals for Winter Term

The student-led programs are free, non-credit courses that allow students to explore new and exciting subjects outside of the classroom.

Any Elon student interested in sharing their passion, talent, or skill with others is encouraged to sign up to facilitate a “Burst the Bubble” Winter Term course.

The sign-up deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday, Nov. 15, and applications can be found here.

An Elon student works on a project in the Maker Hub’s Burst the Bubble course in 2021.

Students interested in leading programs can submit a proposal for review. If selected, student facilitators will begin planning their programs. Facilitators are usually given a budget of up to $200 for supplies.

Courses can range from active skill learning classes to discussions based on current events. Past courses include “Art as Therapy,” “An Introduction to Dungeons and Dragons,” and “Global Fusion Dance Music.” They typically meet once or twice a week for about an hour.

The Burst the Bubble program was first offered in Winter 2007 and has become an annual tradition since then. The idea for the program came from Associate Dean for Academic Support Lela Faye Rich, along with a committee of students, faculty, and staff.

Besides a safety screening by Elon Student Involvement, there is no faculty or staff involvement in teaching the courses. The Burst the Bubble programs do not include homework, tests, take-home assignments or grades.

In the past, both student leaders and participants have praised the Burst the Bubble courses for providing a no-stress environment for sharing and learning new skills. The programs offer students the opportunity to spend an hour or two each week of Winter Term meeting new people and expanding their knowledge beyond the walls of the classroom.

For more information on the program, email burstthebubble@elon.edu.