Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

How can I get funding to develop and pilot an ALE?

ALE funding, up to $1,500, is available for each new ALE experience to cover materials, supplies, equipment, and travel expenses related to a new ALE. The option to request funding is a part of the ALE application. Funding is awarded based on availability of funds and the order applications are received. Once ALE funds have been depleted, new ALE applications will still be processed and reviewed for approval, but no funding will be awarded. 

This process is being revisited in Fall 2022. More information will be available soon.

I developed and implemented an ALE and it is going to continue. Do I have to re-apply?

Yes. Complete the “ALE Application” and select ALE Renewal. Additional information can be found in the How to Apply section of this website. Feel free to contact an ALE Council member for assistance with this form.

I’m not sure if the experience fits the criteria. How should I proceed?

Call  254-968-1607 or email [email protected]. Colleagues who have completed ALEs are also an excellent resource. Even if an experience doesn’t fit the criteria, these resources can often help restructure the experience such that it does qualify.

Completing the Application

What is meant by “how the applied learning experience will incorporate the students’ holistic education”?

Students often do not recognize the connection between what they have learned in and out of the classroom and real world experiences. One of the student learning outcomes of ALE is to help the students recognize this connectedness and thus engage in and value their educational experience.

Very briefly describe how this experience will incorporate academic content not only from courses in the student’s discipline, but also content outside the discipline and skills they may be acquiring in non-academic experiences.

It is often necessary for the experience supervisor to help the students identify these connections. Consider prompting them with “Remember learning about that in …” or “Didn’t you learn about something similar in your political science class” or …

What is meant by “how the applied learning experience will impact the students’ global perspective”?

Students often do not recognize the broader impact of an experience. If an experience is being conducted in an environment that is significantly different from the one in which they were raised or are going to school, it will likely open their eyes to the impact of different cultures, different government structures, different societal norms, etc.

Even if the experience is conducted in the student’s “own back yard”, the external nature of the experience may open their eyes to the impact of different socio-economic conditions, different political perspectives, different environmental practices, etc.

Very briefly describe the potential broader impact of the experience.

It is often necessary for the the experience supervisor to help the students identify these impacts. Consider prompting them with “How is this impacted by the current economy” or “What cultural differences did you observe” or “How does this impact the environment” or …

How can I help the participants achieve the SLOs as well as develop their analytical reflection skills?

Periodic activities throughout the experience such as journaling, status reports, analysis papers, etc. which include feedback from the supervisor often help the students hone their critical thinking and reflection skills. Consider how these activities can fit into your class or experience.