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Info for Educators

Info for Educators/ELI Advisors

Messiah educators can access information and resources related to ELI through the COE Canvas Course.  In the "Files" tab, you'll find a section on the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI).

Can an experience/course I deliver meet a student's ELI requirement?

For consideration of ELI approval, every experience in question must go through a vetting and approval process by the respective ELI Advisory Team.  Experiences that have been approved, and which automatically count for ELI, include: internships through the Career & Professional Development Center, semester-long study abroad programs and cross-cultural courses, service learning courses, and a select number of identified leadership positions.


Students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits prior to completing an approved ELI experience. For transfer students, credits from other institutions will be considered toward the 24 credit requirement. Prior experiences that occur outside of Messiah are not eligible to meet the ELI requirement. Transfer students with questions or concerns should contact Ashley Jones, ELI Coordinator.


The experience must involve a minimum of 40 hours in an applied, out-of-classroom setting.


To achieve the two primary goals of ELI (meaningful career development and community engagement), students participating in an ELI experience will design learning objectives at the outset of the experience that flow from the common ELI reflection questions. At the conclusion of the experience, students will reflect on the outcomes of their learning objectives.  The required ELI reflection questions, along with a template for setting learning objectives/outcomes, can be found in the ELI files in Canvas**It’s important to note that specifically when and how a student’s learning objectives and outcomes are submitted is at the discretion of the ELI advisor/faculty member.


To ensure that the ELI leads to the stated outcomes of career development and community engagement, students will synthesize and translate the learning from their reflection into a “career application” that is contextualized for an external audience relevant to the students’ future goals (employer, graduate school, etc.).

Options for career applications include: a resume; ePortfolio; website; LinkedIn profile; personal video; or mock interview using a virtual interviewing software program through the Career & Professional Development Center.


ELI experiences will be overseen by a Messiah University educator who serves as the student’s ELI advisor. At minimum, ELI advisors will provide feedback to students at the beginning, midpoint and end of the experience. This feedback will relate specifically to the student’s design of and progress toward learning objectives and outcomes as well as the student’s completed career application.

The method of delivering feedback can take on many forms (e.g. 1:1, group, in-person, virtual). Methods used are likely to be influenced by whether the experience is individually-based or in the context of a course.


At the conclusion of an ELI experience, the ELI advisor is expected to complete the common ELI assessment rubric for each student being supervised. This rubric can be accessed as an electronic form in Canvas. Completed assessment rubrics must be submitted to the respective ELI advisory team co-chairs (specific directions will be provided by co-chairs on how and when to do this).

The proposal process is unique for each ELI experience area, and will be reviewed by the respective ELI advisory team:

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