Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops 2018

Driven by principal experts in the field of international education, WISE 2018 offers intensive pre-conference learning opportunities for educators.

Workshops require separate registration from the WISE conference itself.


Mindfulness and Intercultural Teaching and Learning

Facilitator: Tara Harvey, Ph.D.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Full Day ($350)

Intercultural education has advanced significantly over the years: initially focusing primarily on immersion, then teaching about cultural differences, to helping participants develop the skills needed to act in interculturally competent ways. While mindfulness has been recognized as an important concept in intercultural communication for some time, until recently few educators incorporated mindfulness practices into their work. However, as mindfulness programs become more prevalent and research heralds their impact, more intercultural educators are recognizing the value of both practicing and teaching mindfulness to enhance their own and others’ intercultural competence.

In this interactive workshop, we will explore what mindfulness is, how it relates to intercultural learning, and how practicing mindfulness can benefit you as an intercultural educator as well as your students. You will participate in several activities that you can use to start or further your own and your learners’ mindfulness practice.


Global Service-Learning Pedagogy and Global Service-Learning Partnerships

Facilitator: Eric Hartman, Ph.D

These two separate workshops are designed to support development or enhancement of community-engaged global learning, domestically and internationally. While these workshops are designed to build on one another, participants may also choose to take one or the other. 

Global Service-Learning Pedagogy

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Half Day ($200)

How should community engagement be woven into the fabric of course design? How do community-based learning experiences support development of intercultural learning and global civic learning? How can reflection be targeted and systematic? What are the relevant course design principles and processes, and how can they be effectively leveraged across any content area? This workshop will offer structured responses to each of these queries, and facilitate integration of global service-learning pedagogy with existing courses and disciplines. Participants are encouraged to bring an existing or draft syllabus.

Global Service-Learning Partnerships

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Half Day ($200)

Quality community-engaged programming assumes the existence of ethical partnerships between the campus and off-campus networks and organizations. Developing and nurturing such partnerships can be challenging, whether those relationships are close to campus or halfway around the world. This workshop will draw on Fair Trade Learning ethical guidelines to frame discussion and co-planning in respect to campus-community partnerships. Because partnership typically involves multiple campus and community stakeholders, partnership teams are encouraged to participate together. Individuals enrolling alone will also benefit from shared tools and frameworks designed to systematically develop ethical partnerships.

Colleagues registering for both half day workshops will receive a $50 reduction by using discount code GSL_DUO.


Registration Information

Registration for pre-conference workshops is open through January 27, 2018 or until capacity is reached.

The pre-conference registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and snacks on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Participants are responsible for their own dinner.