Taking Experiential Learning Abroad. Spring Seminar Series for Faculty.

Past Seminars

Integrating International Study into Undergraduate Degree Plans

Wednesday, March 9 | 3 – 4 PM | Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union

Michael Vitevitch, Professor, Psychology
Michele Casavant, Director of Advising, School of Education
Angela Perryman, Director, Office of Study Abroad
Alexis Mckinley Jones, Associate Director, Office of Study Abroad

In this session, panelists will share best practices of integrating study abroad into the academic curriculum.  Their discussion will include tips on identifying opportunities within the curriculum where a study abroad experience can be accommodated, selecting appropriate program models for their unit based on expected learning outcomes, as well as creative approaches to encourage student participation in those international activities.  Session participants will gain an understanding of the diversity of international opportunities, how unit-specific educational goals and learning outcomes can be achieved through study abroad programming, and the partnership the respective roles of the Office of Study Abroad, the academic department, and the individual faculty member(s) in creating new international initiatives and activities for their students.

Engaging Undergraduates in International Research

Tuesday, March 29 | 3 – 4 PM | Big XII Room, Kansas Union

Caroline Chaboo, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Eric Welch, Visiting Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies
Nicole Perry, Assistant Director, Center for Undergraduate Research

Many faculty and staff are interested in taking undergraduates abroad to do research, but the path to get started isn’t always clear.  This session will present different models (faculty-led groups and independent student experiences) for engaging students in international research opportunities.  The discussion will offer both some lessons learned from conducting research abroad with undergraduates and some thoughts on the unique learning outcomes that can be achieved through these paired experiences. 

Community Engagement and International Education: Advancing Global Learning

Tuesday, April 12 | 3 – 5 PM  | Jayhawk Room, KS Union

Presenter: Dr. Eric Hartman, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Kansas State University

Please RSVP to this event by Monday, April 11.

Based on significant research and two decades of experience in community engagement, international education, and global learning, Dr. Eric Hartman will demonstrate how intercultural and civic learning goals can be systematically advanced through experiential learning. This presentation is appropriate for faculty and staff interested in further leveraging the "aha" moments of applied learning into specific, targeted outcomes. Dr. Hartman will also clarify how experiential education can be mis-educative (sometimes re-affirming stereotypes), and provide tips for ensuring sufficient challenge and support to help students grow in intercultural and civic learning, whether through accredited or co-curricular programs. Participants will leave with content and framing relevant to their own courses and programs. Dr. Hartman has published widely on civic engagement, international education, and global learning. He is an Assistant Professor in the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University and Editor of globalsl.org.

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