Workshop 1: Connecting Without Borders: Designing Effective Collaborative Online International Learning Experiences
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) uses common technology and the Internet to connect students and faculty across national borders. Through COIL, intercultural teams establish trust and social presence online, produce new knowledge through meaningful collaborative projects, and reflect deeply on personal and professional learning. Since COIL is embedded within on-campus or online courses, students gain access to the world and its diversity without additional cost. Led by US and Brazilian facilitators, participants in this hands-on workshop will acquire fundamental skills in COIL course design and facilitation and will apply their learning in a synchronous design collaboration with Brazilian faculty.
Stephanie Doscher, Director, Global Learning Initiatives—Florida International University and Osvaldo Succi Junior, Virtual Exchange Coordinator—Centro Paula Souza
Workshop 2: Global Learning and the Professions: Connecting Global Learning to Careers through Curriculum and Storytelling
Educators across the curriculum and co-curriculum recognize that the most important outcomes for student success involve synthesis, reflection, and integration. Beyond having a collection of courses and experiences, the hallmark of a successful education are students who are able to contextualize and integrate the experiences in which they have engaged with the disciplinary knowledge they have acquired, and who are able to apply these approaches in new ways. While interdisciplinary programs may have more deliberate steps embedded in their curriculum to help students integrate multiple disciplinary ways of knowing, this may not be sufficient. Students must learn the process of integration. In order to make this happen, institutions must intentionally facilitate the linkage between experiential learning and curricular design, and they must invest in creating collaborative partnerships across campus. Participants in this workshop will discuss types of integrative global learning projects, explore curriculum design and professional development needs, and devise strategies for the implementation of an integrative global learning initiative at their own institution. Using the AAC&U Global Learning and Integrative Learning VALUE rubrics and AAC&U’s employer surveys as tools, attendees will explore the rubrics’ dimensions and their overlap with employer expectations. Through hands-on exercises and examples of practice from different institutions, participants will gain a broad understanding of the building blocks of integrative global learning, improve their understanding of career integration, and develop a basic roadmap for institution-wide application of these principles.
Paloma Rodriguez, Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, International Center—University of Florida and Caryl E. Waggett, Associate Professor of Global Health Studies and Director of Healthy Homes-Healthy Children—Allegheny College
Workshop 3: Framing Global Service Learning in an Increasingly Interconnected World
As attested by recent IIE statistics, U.S. students are increasingly looking for global service learning (GSL) opportunities. This workshop engages participants in exploring how to develop GSL programs that foster mutual learning, collaborative action, and transformative understandings of our growing global interconnectedness. The workshop investigates how GSL can create a nexus of mutuality within that interconnectedness, by building relationships that span (and illuminate) perceived boundaries, acknowledge the assets of all parties, and educate all who are involved. Workshop participants will examine how to build mutually beneficial GSL partnerships, why this can be done in the U.S. as well as abroad, how to foster student learning through framing and reflection, what learning outcomes can result, and why thinking about community impact as well as student learning leads to greater student learning.
Susan Sutton, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Anthropology—Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Workshop 4: Assessing Global Learning: The Power of VALUE to Demonstrate What Students Can Do
In this workshop we will use the AAC&U Global Learning VALUE Rubric as a base from which to foster innovating thinking, promote continuous improvement of teaching and learning, and develop course content within the curriculum. Workshop facilitators and participants will discuss ideas and concepts established in practice and shown to have successful and measured results. For example, facilitators will examine their experiences using the VALUE Rubric for assignment development and assessment of issue-centered workshops, student papers based on research and reading, and as a means of assessing global learning as part of study abroad experiences. Additionally, aggregate data from the VALUE Institute specific to global learning will be shared and analyzed. Participants will use these findings to create or improve their own global learning outcomes as a foundation for meaningful assessment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own institution's work related to global learning to share and serve as a point of departure for developing their own creative ideas within the context of this interactive workshop. Examples may include a successful outcome or other aspect of a global learning course or program, rubrics or assessment guidelines, an idea to develop together with the group or, perhaps a challenging issue /situation related to global learning or even a place where people or the institution seems to be “stuck”. We will work together.
David Blair, Associate Vice President of Institutional Research and Assessment—St. Edward's University and Debora H. Ortloff, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment—Finger Lakes Community College