Gaining Evidence of the Impact of International Education through Assessment of Intercultural Competence
Lead Presenter: Joyce Osland, San Jose State University
Co-Presenters: Christopher Hightower, Texas Christian University; Martha Petrone, Miami University of Ohio
Gaining perspective in terms of assessing intercultural competence and global learning is not common in our field. Many campuses have initiated assessment plans, but few have persevered with consistency to amass significant data in order to make improvements in their instructional designs. In this session three such campuses will share their expertise at the campus-wide, program-wide, and course-level assessment cycles, with appropriate instructional improvement implementations.
Studying Abroad at Home: A Model of Domestic Student Acclimation in Highly International Programs
Lead Presenter: Bridget Fletcher, Duke University
Co-Presenter: Lorelle Babwah, Duke University Pratt School of Engineering
This session will discuss orientation programming and activities for U.S. students attending programs with large international populations. These activities serve to acclimate and prepare domestic students when working in a diverse and international environment.
The Language of Resilience and the Practice of an Emotional Passport in Study Abroad
Lead Presenter: Janice Abarbanel, Consultant Psychologist and Health Educator
Faculty and staff engaged with study abroad students can often find themselves perplexed or discouraged by the varied emotional responses students present before and during the complex transitions involved with living and learning abroad. This session will explore the concept of an emotional passport, a perspective based in the language of resilience required for successful intercultural transitions, and present research about the life stage of “Emerging Adulthood” as background for reframing strategies to support student academic success abroad. An important contribution of this session will be to guide faculty and staff towards comfortable, non-clinical language that serves to encourage students who might feel varied moods or lower energy to come forward for support.
Racial Consciousness in Global Education
Lead Presenter: Prudence Layne, Elon University
Racial consciousness is an intrinsic component of intercultural competency and global learning, yet the lack of racial diversity among student/faculty participants, study destinations, curriculum content and administrative/institutional leadership in the field remains disconcerting. Has global become a way to skirt local racial concerns and our own consciousness? In this interactive session, participants will dissect the question of where and how race matters in global education.
What Makes International Internships Effective?
Lead Presenter: Catherine MacDermott, St. Edward’s University
Drawing on international education experiences and domestic research, this session will share best practices that positively impacted three significant stakeholders involved in determining the effectiveness of an international internship program in Angers, France. The focus will be on desired outcomes for stakeholders, factors that determine positive outcomes, and recommendations that stakeholders can utilize to ensure international internship satisfaction.
Intercultural Learning Strategies for the 21st Century: Revitalizing a Long-standing Study Abroad Immersion Program through Active Pedagogy and Action Research
Lead Presenter: Davydd Greenwood, Cornell University
Co-Presenters: Juan Muñoz, CASA-Seville Program; Marina Markot, Cornell University
Pseudo-familiarity caused by globalization and pseudo-relationships perpetuated by social networking create an illusion of comfort with other cultures and lead to a passive relationship with the host community, creating new obstacles on the way to intercultural engagement of students. An ambitious reform of the CASA-Seville curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment aims at revitalizing cultural immersion as a learning tool. We shall present the lessons we learned and invite the audience to critically reflect on our experience.