Best Practices for Handling Experiential Learning Activity Requests
One of the great things about having a single system where students and educators can find experiential learning activities (ELAs) is the efficiency with which connections can be made with employers. Currently, nearly 600 businesses and organizations are offering a combined 3,000+ ELAs to the students and educators across our region through Inspire.
We hope that educators will take full advantage of these offerings and continue to empower their students to do so as well. Information on how to best use the system is key. So we’ve put together a brief tutorial on how to find ELAs, make requests, follow up on requests made by students and record requests. First, let’s look at how to find and make requests as an educator.
First, log in to your Career Cruising CAMS account and click on “Inspire Madison Region” then click on “Search for ELA” (see Figure A). Next, decide whether you want to search by industry or by ELA type and then choose which industry or ELA type you are looking for. Once you are on the results page for your selection you can filter the results by city (see Figure B).
After you find an ELA that interests you, submit a request by clicking on the name of the request listed (left column in Figure B: job shadow, internship etc.) and filling out the details, or you can click on the name of the company listed to get their contact information (3rd column from left in Figure B). It is up to you if you make a request directly through Career Cruising, use the contact information provided to call or email the provider, or use a combination of both.
But if you choose to only call or email a provider to request an ELA that you found in Career Cruising, it’s important to record that ELA by clicking on “Manage ELA Requests” then “Record a Request”. That way, the “who, what, when, where and why” of the ELA will be recorded in the system. The screenshot below (Figure C) shows where to click to record a request that was set up outside of Career Cruising.
Next, we’ll look at how our suggested process for managing ELA requests generated by students.
When a student makes the request:
There are three ways to contact the employer after a student has made an ELA request: Using the Career Cruising system, by emailing or calling the ELA provider yourself or by having the student contact the provider. When a student makes a request, you will get a notification email but the request will not proceed until you act on it. You can also see new requests listed on your main CAMS dashboard until you’ve taken action on them. Click on “Manage ELA Requests” under “Inspire Madison Region” to see all ELA requests. Here are some suggested steps to take with a student-generated ELA request (See Figure D for a visual):
We hope that these suggestions will make it easier for you to connect with employers and to learn about the careers available in our region. Here are some other tutorials that may help with the ELA process: