The CEL-1 is a new Division I requirement that asks students to engage in collaborative work/projects/learning outside of the traditional classroom. CEL-1 activities thus take place on campus and/or enhance campus life. With an emphasis on mindful participation, documentation and reflection, CEL-1 activities should provoke observations about the meaning of community and the relationship between students' coursework and their other pursuits.
The C in CEL-1 stands for 'Campus', and this is the DIVISION I requirement. The C in CEL-2 stands for 'Community' and this is the DIVISION II requirement. You can learn more at http://www.hampshire.edu/academics/2564.htm
Yes. CEL-1 is a graduation requirement. Students who have not carried out 40 hours of CEL-1 activities, and/or who have not satisfactorily recorded and reflected on their work cannot proceed to Division II.
The CEL-1 website http://campusengagedlearning.hampshire.edu provides a list of existing opportunities, including membership in recognized student groups, EPEC, OPRA and co-curricular Lemelson Center courses. The list also includes many new opportunities - activities proposed by Division II and III students, faculty, or staff. All first-year students must consult this website, as it is the mechanism for identifying and registering for CEL-1 activities.
Outdoors Program/Recreational Athletics (OPRA) offers extensive opportunities for Hampshire students, including rock climbing, kayaking, martial arts, basketball, tennis, hiking, whitewater rafting, yoga, aquatics and more.
If you are using an OPRA course for your CEL-1, you must officially register for the course on TheHub, like regular course registrations, and then register it as your CEL-1 activity!
The Hampshire College Lemelson Center provides an experiential learning environment for students working in the areas of applied design, appropriate technology & sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and art & technology.
If you are using a Lemelson course for your CEL-1, you must officially register for the course on TheHub, like regular course registrations, and then register it as your CEL-1 activity!
Hampshire's Experimental Program in Education and Community (EPEC) is a program allowing students, faculty, staff, or other community members to conceive and organize classes and other learning activities not otherwise offered at Hampshire College.
Sponsors should log into the CEL-1 website and in the "Sponsorships" tab, they will find the form that asks for information on their CEL-1 activity. Please fill this out with the most information possible, including the time span of the activity, enrollment capacity, estimated number of hours, and any other specifications. When this form is submitted, the activity will automatically be added to the database.
The sponsor must be the person to log in and upload the information to the website.
First-year students can propose new CEL-1 activities, but this ought to be, in this first trial year, the exception to the rule. Students wanting to propose their own CEL-1 activity must identify a sponsor for their activity-- someone who, at the end of the activity will be in a position to verify how the student was actively participating and approximately how much time was spend on the CEL-1. Students must talk with that sponsor before proposing the new activity, and the sponsor must be the person to add the activity to the CEL-1 website in order for student registration.
YES! Students can do as many CEL-1 activities as they need to do to fulfill the requirement. They can also carry out more than 40 hours of CEL-1 work if they'd like. Students will have to register for every CEL-1 activity they want to do and need to keep track of their hours.
Division I students should browse the database and can choose their "favorites" by clicking the icon. These activities will appear under the "Registration" tab, and students can click on the activities that they would actually like to register for. Once they answer the required questions and submit their registration form, the sponsor of that activity will be notified and must approve registration. After approval, registration for that activity is complete.
Sponsors will be notified by email when a student registers for an activity that they are the sponsor of. Sponsors should follow the link and approve or not approve pending students' participation. Sponsors can access the roster of their activities in the "Sponsorship" tab.
Sponsor has verified the student's participation at the end of this CEL-1 activity
Sponsor has approved student's registration and student is now officially registered for that CEL-1 activity
Either a Division I student dropped the activity, or the sponsor did not approve the registration
A registration is pending approval from the sponsor
Tutorial advisor has asked Division I student to provide more information
While there is no formal means by which an advisor can prevent a student from participating in a CEL-1 that has a sponsor and for which all forms have been submitted, advisors have 5 days after each CEL-1 registration to "request more information," which should prompt a conversation between student and advisor. Advisors might urge the student to do something else, or ask the student to describe in further detail how the activity will challenge them. And, at the end of the Division I, an advisor's signature allows a student to pass Division I.
No. Students can take 8 courses but all students must also complete a CEL-1 activity. In some cases, CEL-1 activities can be associated with a course, or even completed under the practical umbrella of a course. However, in this case either (1) the instructor must list the CEL-1 option/proposed CEL-1 activity on the CEL-1 website so that students can register for the activity or (2) any student tailoring a course to their CEL-1 needs must submit a registration form, convincingly explaining why they have chosen this route. Students and advisors must decide together whether the course-related CEL-1 requires 40 hours in addition to expected/required coursework, in which case the student can get credit for the CEL-1 as well as the course, or if the CEL-1 will be carried out within the framework of a course's regular requirements - in which case the student takes the course as a CEL-1 and does not get course credit.
OPRA, EPEC and co-curricular Lemelson courses may be used as CEL-1 with the understanding that students who choose this will go above and beyond the course requirements by mindfully documenting and reflecting on the work. CEL-1 activities should provoke observations about the meaning of community and the relationship between students' coursework and their other pursuits.
When the activity has finished, students have two weeks to submit the verification form on the CEL-1 website. Once submitted, the sponsor is prompted to approve the student's description of the work and number of hours completed.
If this happens, students should be in contact with sponsors immediately. If a student did not accurately report the number of CEL-1 hours or the nature of the work completed, they can edit this and re-submit to sponsors.
The CEL-1 is a graduation requirement. Students who have not carried out 40 hours of CEL-1 activities, and/or who have not satisfactorily recorded and reflected on their work cannot proceed to Division II. If a student is in danger of this happening, they should be in contact with their tutorial advisor immediately.
The reflection worksheet can be used as a student's "notepad"
throughout the CEL-1. Students are encouraged to use this so that experiences and reflections can be documented while still fresh in their minds. Students must incorporate their CEL-1 reflection into their final retrospective for the Division I portfolio.
Students must complete individual verification forms for each activity in which
they are enrolled. Conversely all students must complete a single
reflection to look back at the entirety of their experience in Division I and
all CEL-1 activities.
All Campus Engaged Learning (CEL-1) Activities must be accompanied by systematic documentation and written reflection on the learning. It is important to do this reflection as close to the time of your campus activities as possible so the experiences are fresh in your mind. Eventually this reflective writing will be incorporated into your Division I retrospective essay.
What knowledge did you gain while learning with and from others?
In what ways did your CEL-1 help you to engage/shape/contribute to the campus community and/or influence your sense of community, belonging and mutual responsibility?
How did the CEL-1 activity intersect with or depart from what you are learning in courses and what new questions did it raise?
How might the CEL-1 influence your future academic work and civic engagement?
What challenges did you face and how were these addressed?
If you were to improve your CEL-1 experience what would you change? If you had an opportunity to design a new CEL-1 for incoming students what would you propose?