Students may satisfy their Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) through one of the following options:
- Designated Academic Service Learning course
- Pre-approved service-learning experience mentored by the Kernodle Center (40 hours)
Designated Academic Service Learning Courses
Academic Service Learning (ASL) helps students gain a better understanding of course content by putting it into practice. Service-learning engages students in real-life settings, working on community issues to connect classroom learning with societal issues. An effective service-learning course involves students in a meaningful community project combined with reflection to process the learning gained from field experience. There are many ASL courses offered each semester in a variety of departments – each is labeled as “SL” in the list of course offerings each semester. If the “SL” is not listed, the course does not qualify for the ELR.
Work with your advisor to identify ASL courses that are labeled with the “SL” designation. For additional information, contact Alexa Darby, Faculty Fellow for Academic Service Learning, at email@example.com.
Pre-approved Service Learning Experience Mentored by the Kernodle Center
Students may also satisfy their ELR through individual service projects. These students must develop a customized service experience that includes specific learning outcomes, a minimum of 15 days of direct service, and intentional research and reflection activities. The number of hours per day is determined by the faculty/staff mentor. Students participating in a one-credit Alternative Break Course are required to volunteer with a local community agency related to the issue topic that they will focus on during their Alternative Break in order to receive ELR credit.
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.
Students may not begin their ELR after Fall Break or Spring Break. This requirement ensures that community agencies have time to coordinate students. Deadlines for individual steps of the workbook will be set in the initial meeting with Kernodle Center staff.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an orientation with the Kernodle Center staff to discuss workbook, local social issues, and community partners.