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. Pre-conference workshops will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

Workshops require separate registration from the WISE conference itself.

Workshop #1, Full Day ($330)

Transformative Learning and Teaching I 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Tara Harvey, Ph.D.

This workshop will allow participants to help their students and themselves learn to interact more effectively across cultural difference. Participants will focus on learning about and practicing how to increase awareness of personal as well as others characteristic ways of making meaning and acting in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Faculty and staff who are relatively new to intercultural education are encouraged to attend this first workshop.


Workshop #2, Full Day ($330)

Transformative Learning and Teaching II 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Mick Vande Berg, Ph.D.

This workshop is designed to instruct participants on how to help their students and themselves learn to interact more appropriately across cultural variation. Participants will focus on learning about and practicing how to manage emotions and thoughts in contexts that disorient and challenge as well as how to shift perspective, attune emotions and adapt behavior in effective and appropriate ways. Participants who attended last year’s workshop or who have relatively more intercultural teaching and training experience are encouraged to attend this second workshop.

Participants who attended last year’s workshop or who have relatively more intercultural teaching and training experience are encouraged to attend this second workshop.

Both workshops are designed to guide faculty and 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 leave with a set of processes and practices that they’ll be able to apply to their own intercultural learning and teaching.


Workshop #3, Full Day ($330)

Micro-Practices to Enhance Intercultural Competencies 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Adriana Medina-López-Portillo, Ph.D.

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.


Workshop #4, Half Day ($200)

Ethnography Methods with In-Bound Students  
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Steve Folmar, Ph.D.

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.


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.