Academic Service-Learning Process

Seasoned and novice ASL faculty alike are encouraged to use the following process and resources in order to coordinate and promote your ASL course.

Academic Service-Learning Designation

  • Apply to have your ASL course designated as such in the course catalog. This designation has several benefits, including:
  • Attracting students who actively seek courses or sections of particular courses that include a service learning component to meet the Experiential Learning Requirement.
  • Accommodating service-learning pedagogy by instituting a 25-student cap for course enrollment.
  • Identifying students and service-learning courses for the purposes of institutional research and assessment.

The Academic Service-Learning Faculty Advisory Committee meets each semester to determine the ASL course designation. Please look for an e-mail announcing the process, or contact Phillip Motley, Kernodle Center Faculty Development Fellow for Academic Service-Learning.

Student Community Placements

Assistance from the Kernodle Center’s professional and student staff enables faculty to focus on teaching rather than troubleshooting. Our staff is well versed in innovative practices in the field of service learning and applies these practices to the context of Elon University and our surrounding community. A typical placement process involves the following actions:

Semester prior to ASL course

  • Complete the ASL Course Designation Application. This form provides information to the Kernodle Center staff in regard to course objectives and needs.
  • Meet with Kernodle Center staff to discuss your course and brainstorm possible placements, integration ideas, reflection activities, etc. Contact us with any questions.
  • Kernodle Center staff will begin contacting interested agencies and communicating your needs with them. You will be invited to meet with partners to discuss your course.

During semester of ASL course

  • A week or two prior to classes starting, you will receive the ASL recommendation e-mail from the Courselink web application. A description of the agencies and service experiences, contact information and the number of students they can accommodate will help you determine the best course partners.
  • Faculty will receive a toolkit in campus mail prior to the start of the semester. This toolkit contains general ASL information, the ethics contract, agency placement process and tips for successful service learning experiences.
  • During the course of the semester, you will have students utilize the Phoenix Serve platform to enter service hours and impacts.  For more information on how to utilize the platform, click here for our Phoenix Serve Faculty Class Management Guide.
  • Contact us if challenges between your students and the agency arise during the semester.