Preconference Workshops: 2018 Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 2:00-5:00 pm

Separate registration and fee required ($125 members; $195 non-members); seating will be limited, so register early.

Wk1: Advancing Global Learning Outcomes: Practical Applications of the Global Learning VALUE Rubric
This workshop will use the AAC&U Global Learning VALUE Rubric as a base from which to foster innovative thinking and develop course content within the curriculum. The format of the workshop will allow multiple opportunities for both beginners and advanced participants to engage with colleagues and gain hands-on practical experience that they can use upon returning to their campus. Facilitators will first explain the background, development, and design of the rubric and definition(s) of global learning. The group will then participate in a brief norming session to help establish inter-rater reliability within the room. Next, participants will be given student work artifacts to individually score and discuss. Based on results and discussion, the group will determine recommendations for program improvement and challenges in implementing solutions. Finally, participants will be asked to use a global learning outcome from their own institutions and create a plan for how and where it can be measured and acted upon within the next year.
David Blair, Director of Institutional Assessment—St. Edward’s University; and Kate McConnell, Senior Director of Research and Assessment—AAC&U

Wk 2: Global Innovation through Community Engagement
How do we inspire courageous transgressions and transformative learning? How do we create the conditions for innovations to address our most pressing global challenges? How do we move our students from all backgrounds to think about their own agency in a deeply interdependent economy? Those questions speak to the necessary shift from global learning to global engagement. This workshop will showcase a successful community-engaged model that leverages globally connected local partnerships to expand in-class learning. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of the structural features of their campus global learning units, such as organizational charts, curricular pathways, and/or job descriptions, to examine roadblocks to global engagement. They will collaboratively work through their own campus conditions to evaluate if they are Falling Short (AACU, 2015). Through exercises that involve imagining solutions and perhaps composing a limerick or two, participants will leave with innovative models that foster students’ competitiveness and, more importantly, ethical global engagement.
Divya McMillin, Professor of Global Media Studies and Executive Director, Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Program—University of Washington Tacoma

Wk 3: Signature Work for Global Learning Outcomes
This workshop is intended to help participants advance the work of their institutions to provide students with pathways toward global learning outcomes, with an emphasis on high-impact practices and signature work both on campus and around the globe. We will start with an exercise to identify global learning outcomes of interest to participants. Case studies from two STEM-focused institutions with different missions and student populations will be used to illustrate strategies for advancing global learning, touching on implications for curricular design, faculty development, and campus culture. Participants will then engage in a backward-design process to generate and test ideas. We’ll explore what forms evidence of global learning can take and connect those to activities and programs likely to generate such evidence. After considering challenges and support mechanisms, participants will identify next steps to advance global learning on their campuses.
JoAnn Lighty, Dean of Engineering—Boise State University; and Rick Vaz, Director, Center for Project-Based Learning—Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Wk 4: Theory and Practice of Ethical Engagement at Home and Abroad
International education, service-learning, and community-based global learning programs are robust with potential. They can positively impact communities, grow civil society networks, and have transformative effects for students who become more globally aware and more engaged in global civil society—at home and abroad. Yet such programs are also packed with peril. Clear evidence indicates that poor implementation of such programming can have negative impacts on vulnerable persons while cementing stereotypes and reinforcing patterns of privilege and exclusion. These dangers can be mitigated, however, through collaborative planning, design, and evaluation that advances mutually beneficial community partnerships, critically reflective practice, thoughtful facilitation, and creative use of resources. This workshop, delivered by a team representing diverse institutional types as well as on- and off-campus experience, will familiarize participants with best practices in community-campus pedagogy and partnerships for global learning at home and abroad.
Eric Hartman, Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship—Haverford College; Richard Kiely, Senior Fellow, Office of Engagement Initiatives—Cornell University; Christopher Boettcher, Associate Professor of English—Castleton University; and Jessica Friedrichs, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of the Just and Merciful World Curriculum—Carlow University—all coauthors of Community-Based Global Learning: The Theory and Practice of Ethical Engagement at Home and Abroad