Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops 2017

Driven by principal experts in the field of international education, WISE 2017 offers intensive pre-conference learning opportunities for educators.

Workshops require separate registration from the WISE conference itself.

Ethnography Methods with In-Bound Students 

Facilitator: Steve Folmar, Ph.D.  
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Half Day ($200)

This session focuses on the practical application of ethnographic methods to address intercultural issues with in-bound students.  Participants will workshop the following key competencies crucial for enhancing the educational experiences of inbound and non-traditional students: identifying critical spaces in which issues arise, the types of issues, strategies for uncovering and dealing with issues, including identifying how culture contributes to how we see intercultural issues.  Participants will practice/workshop the following skills: reflective observation and journaling; objective observation and journaling; identifying bias; open-ended interviewing; using appropriate follow-up questions; active listening; practical analysis.  Vivid, real life examples from ethnographic methods class (undergraduate) will serve to illustrate some points.  Participants are encouraged to engage deeply and genuinely, to ask questions, to comment and to participate in structured activities.  Handouts of valuable resources and of outlines of key concepts will be provided.

Micro-Practices to Enhance Intercultural Competencies 

Facilitator: Adriana Medina-López-Portillo, Ph.D.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Full Day ($330)

This practical session addresses key competencies crucial for a successful study abroad experience. The competencies are description, observation, separating description from judgment, the ability to ask questions, flexibility, adaptation, keeping an open mind, engaging ambiguity, and being comfortable with discomfort. Participants will experience a micro-practice for each competency and will debrief using tools from Personal Leadershipä. During the workshop, situations will be created so that the participants practice what they are learning and receive immediate feedback. A segment of the workshop will be devoted to discussing how to facilitate and develop micro-practices to enhance intercultural competencies. This workshop is highly experiential. Full and authentic participation from participants is expected. The workshop brings to a practical level what can be abstract and lofty concepts. Handouts will be provided.

Transformative Learning and Teaching I and II

Mick Vande Berg and Tara Harvey will facilitate two related though separate workshops grounded in a common framework for intercultural learning and teaching. Both workshops are designed to allow participants to help students and themselves learn to interact more effectively and appropriately with culturally different others through developing four core intercultural competencies:

  • Increase awareness of our own characteristic ways of making meaning and acting in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
  • Increase awareness of others’ ways of making meaning and acting in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
  • Manage our emotions and thoughts in contexts that disorient & challenge us;
  • Bridge cultural gaps in those contexts: shift perspective, attune emotions and adapt our behavior in effective and appropriate ways.

Each workshop will guide faculty & staff beyond traditional intercultural training approaches that aim to transform students merely through teaching them about, and immersing them in, “cultural differences.”  Participants in both workshops will take away a set of processes and practices they can apply to their own intercultural learning and teaching.

Transformative Learning and Teaching I

Facilitator: Tara Harvey, Ph.D
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Full Day ($330)

Tara’s workshop will focus largely on learning about and practicing the first two phases of this framework for developing core intercultural competencies. Faculty and staff who are relatively new to intercultural education are encouraged to attend this first workshop.

Transformative Learning and Teaching II 

Facilitator: Mick Vande Berg, Ph.D
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Full Day ($330)

Mick’s workshop will focus largely on learning about and practicing the framework’s third and fourth phases.  Participants who attended last year’s workshop or who have relatively more intercultural teaching and training experience are encouraged to attend this second workshop.

Registration Information

Registration for pre-conference workshops is open through January 27, 2017 or until full.

The pre-conference registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and snacks on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Participants are responsible for their own dinner.