From the Inside Out: Transformative Learning and Teaching
Wednesday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Dr. Michael Vande Berg and Dr. Tara Harvey, Co-Facilitators
Vande Berg & Harvey (PDF)
This workshop takes participants beyond traditional intercultural training approaches and teaches how to help themselves and students interact more effectively and appropriately with culturally different others through developing four core intercultural competencies. Research from a broad range of disciplines tells us when students learn away from home, they’re not being transformed merely through talking with, reading about, and coming into contact with the new and different. As researchers reveal more about the role the brain plays in constructing the worlds we perceive and act in, these new insights are being applied in various contexts including psychological and educational. Vande Berg and Harvey will show attendees how to move away from trying to transform students merely through teaching them about and immersing them in “cultural differences.” Participants in this workshop will gain a set of processes and practices to apply in their own intercultural learning and teaching activities.
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Wednesday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dr. Kline Harrison, Wake Forest University
The Forum’s Standards provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad planning – academic programming, student conduct, resources, personnel, and policies & procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies and issues of interest to attendees. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.
Forum’s Standards 4 & 5: Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support
Wednesday, 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Mandy Brookings Blinn, DePauw University
With a focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support, this workshop will help participants identify resources and design programming in these areas. Topics include a comprehensive judicial screening process, different preparation and returning support models, and developing strategies to improve existing practices in participant’s specific context. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.