Austin 2017

Born Digital: Embracing Technology to Enhance International Education

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Schedule & Presentations

Day 1
Nov 8, 2017
Day 2
Nov 9, 2017
Day 3
Nov 10, 2017
Day 4
Nov 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Plenary

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Opening Reception

8:45 am - 10:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (Group 1)

COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning): An Innovative, Economical Approach to Expanding Access to International Education through Technology

COIL courses connect your students to international peers so they can collaborate on joint projects from their university classrooms. COIL practices are now being recognized as an important addition to...
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“What I Meant to Say Was…” Using Technology to Create Virtual Practice Environments to Prepare for Tough Conversations with Students in Crisis

See how technology can be used to train diverse international field staff to hold difficult conversations with students who experience an emotional or mental health crisis while studying abroad. We’ll describe...
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Digital Reflection as a Key to Developing Cultural Awareness

Developing cultural awareness is one study abroad goal. Because this awareness is personal and subjective, it’s often challenging to show evidence of its growth. Beginning with an overview of the...
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Leveraging Online Instruction to Augment Intercultural Learning Abroad

Join us for a look at case studies of various online intercultural learning courses developed to help students gain perspective and support while they process their experiences abroad. We’ll include...
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Millennials Abroad in Uncertain Times: Innovative and Integrated Approaches to International Crisis Response

When you learn a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or other major event has occurred in a location where you have students abroad, do you know how to quickly locate them,...
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Tech Hub: PenPal Schools

Joe Troyen, Founder

Campus Internationalization Through Faculty Professional Development Abroad

Join us for an overview of the many benefits and challenges of faculty professional development. Learn about various solutions and hear from two faculty members who implemented change on their...
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Connecting Learning Abroad with Learning at Home Through Reflective Campus-Based Courses

To encourage students to integrate learning abroad when they return, Goucher College and Texas Christian University have developed reflective courses and co-curricular experiences that help students connect learning abroad with...
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10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Group 2)

Embracing Technology to Transform Regressive Short-Term Programming

How can educators maintain focus, engagement, and concrete learning while understanding our students’ urge to take selfies at Brandenburg Gate? Can we channel this impulse into pedagogy and program sustainability?...
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1:25 pm - 2:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Group 3)

Spotlight Session Retrospective: A Decade of Intercultural Learning at CIEE

A decade ago, CIEE launched a pilot to integrate intercultural learning into our study programs. This effort evolved into a comprehensive array of intercultural curricula that constitute a cornerstone of...
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How Penn State Lehigh Valley leveraged 360 video to create Immersive Learning Modules and Open Educational Resources

Learn how an immersive learning opportunity involving 360 video originated through an informal partnership with the University of Puerto Rico. With a modest budget, willing instructors, and simple training, several...
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The Imperative of Incident Reporting

The demand for information and accountability in the provision of study abroad programs continues to grow, particularly in relation to student safety. As a result, incident reporting during study abroad...
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More INTER than CULTURAL: How Globally Networked Learning Can Bridge Our Divides

Globally networked learning is an innovative, cost-effective internationalization strategy that offers students access to cross-cultural experiential learning and creates a foundation for studying abroad. In globally networked classrooms (GNCs), students...
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3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Group 4)

Data-Driven Tools for Education Abroad

With the availability of advanced technology tools, international education professionals can utilize online platforms to inform and enhance the development of educational abroad opportunities for students. In this session, we’ll...
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Empowering Student Leaders: The Digital Student Becomes Your Greatest Resource in Creating Online Learning Opportunities for Study Abroad Offices

With student leadership, your study abroad office can leverage its digital presence as a meaningful educational tool. Learn how to develop a social media strategy and web presence that aligns...
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Mountains, Valleys, and Uncharted Terrain: Exploring the Use of Technology to Deliver Inclusive and Efficient Study-Abroad Programming

For many educators, the biggest challenges to growing study abroad participation are meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse student body and finding data management solutions. In this interactive session,...
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Swiped Out: Implications of Dating App Use by Students Abroad and What to Do About It

While studying abroad, many students use mobile dating apps to date locals, find sexual partners, or see who can get the most swipes right. During this session, we’ll discuss our...
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4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Annual Conference Reception

Exploring Online Tools for Assessing Intercultural Learning and Development

Intercultural assessment is essential to quality study abroad programming. In this presentation, we’ll highlight three of the most common assessment tools – IES, IDI, AAC&U rubrics – and show you...
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Money Matters: Using Technology to Support Students with Financing Education Abroad

Financial constraints challenge students who want to study abroad – many withdraw and some never consider participating. Join us for an interactive session featuring presentations and group discussions about using...
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Washington Update

From budget cuts to extreme vetting to an effort to eliminate five major programs, 2017 has been a tumultuous year for international exchange. Join us for an update from Washington,...
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8:45 am - 10:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (Group 1)

Appealing to the Snapchat Generation: Using Technology to Break Through Students’ Eight-Second Information Filters

Students in the newest demographic are more pragmatic and cautious than millennials, but crave information and content that is intuitive, streamlined, and aesthetically pleasing. Propelled by ever-changing technology, micro-generations will...
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10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Group 2)

Studying Across Digital Gaps and Firewalls

When studying abroad, students are exposed to different forms of the web created by a mix of user habits, infrastructure quality differences, and intentional limits on free speech and content...
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Using Technology to Build Campus Partnerships

Planning for study abroad is a complex task for students. Developing strong partnerships between study abroad and campus offices is essential to making this task easier for students. These partnerships...
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Using Technology to Improve Participation of Minority Students in Global Learning

Students of color are not greatly represented in the rapidly expanding arena of international education, often due to lack of support, travel anxiety, and fear of failure to master new...
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Taming the Tangle: Project Management in Education Abroad

Join us to discuss how technology can improve function and efficiency in education abroad offices. See how our two education abroad offices implemented project management methodologies and tools, with a...
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12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Annual Luncheon

2:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Group 3)

Online Pre-Departure Courses: Maximizing Student Learning and Support

This session will highlight three innovative and successful online training initiatives: the CIEE TEFL Certification Course, the CIEE Know Before You Go pre-departure orientation, and the AFS-Sentio Global Competence Certificate....
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Millennials and Technology: How Keeping up with the Kids Fosters Engaged Learning and Community Abroad

What learning outcomes do students achieve by producing podcasts during short-term study abroad, in relation to course goals and their real-world peer audience? Podcasts have become standard pedagogical resources in...
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Leveraging Effective Technology: Maximizing Communications with Students and Global Partners

Clear messaging and communications are crucial when working with overseas partners and students, specifically when recipients are located across time zones or aren’t likely to read emails thoroughly. We’ll discuss...
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Global Safety: A Case Study in Using Technology to Enhance Student Safety and Inform Decision-Making

Since the Virginia Tech shootings, universities have invested in systems and processes that help keep students and faculty safe and informed – both in times of crisis and as part...
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Uncovering the Digital Author Abroad: Reflection, Representation, and Authority in Digital Learning Abroad

Through study abroad, students are immersed in multiple concurrent, interrelating realms that are both tangible and intangible. Digital technology gives students platforms to interact, engage, and understand their learning environment...
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Starting from 001: Leveraging Digital Technology to Build Global Education at Community Colleges

When resources are small and barriers are large, we can use technology to leverage campus resources and increase access to global education. Faculty and staff members from community colleges will...
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Using Technology to Enhance Study Abroad: Online Courses for Overseas Experiences

The members of Generation Z have grown up with technology, and they’re not willing to give it up when they study abroad. At Boston University and Wake Forest University, we...
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Turning to Technology: Emerging Access for Students with Disabilities

Though participation is steadily rising, people with disabilities are still significantly underrepresented in international exchange programs. One reason for this is the false assumption that other countries are inaccessible for...
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3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Group 4)

8:30 am - 10:00 am

CIEE Breakfast

10:15 am - 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (Group 1)

Teacher Candidates Abroad: Using Digital Tools to Experience Culture and Develop Disciplinary Knowledge

Look at the experiences of teacher-education students on a faculty-led course to Germany that wove travel abroad with in-country coursework alongside English-speaking, German teacher-education students. The two courses – Adventure-Based...
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Faculty Development: Bringing it Back to Campus

How do faculty put their professional development experiences to work through innovative pedagogy, scholarship, and outreach? Our group of four faculty members represents the arts, humanities, and social science disciplines....
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Once More with Feeling: Humanizing Technology in the Study Abroad Space

Join us for a look at how technology can contribute to the student experience on an affective level. By understanding technology as a tool for personalized interconnectedness, we can employ...
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Signing up for Study Abroad: Enrollment Interest, Process, and Data

Join us to explore the strategies, policies, and challenges of the enrollment process from start to finish. We’ll hear from two well-established study abroad offices (that use different enrollment software)...
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11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Group 2)

Jump-Start Intercultural Dialogue with Social Media

Join us for a lively session about using social media to connect your students with peers abroad. See how a pre-trip engagement project laid the groundwork for meaningful face-to-face contact...
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Leveraging the G-Z student in a Short-Term Program: Maximizing Learning by Using Their Tools

Learn about a pedagogical intervention designed to maximize learning during a four-week consortium program in Spain, by tapping into the digital competencies, values, and interests of Generation Z to heighten...
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Maximizing Photo Narratives in Short-Term Study Abroad

By using Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, students are building a vast digital history of their study abroad experiences with images that reveal both perceptions and misperceptions of photographer and observer....
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Enhancing Cultural and Linguistic Connections with Technology, Both at Home and Abroad

In this three-part session, we’ll examine how technology helps foreign language educators foster translingual and transcultural competence among students at their home institutions and abroad. First, we’ll focus on encouraging...
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Erik Qualman

Technology and Digital Leadership Expert; Author of “Socialnomics”

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Best-selling author Erik Qualman brings his digital expertise to the world of international education. He’ll explore innovative ways educators can harness the power of technology to reach the digital-native generation and increase experiential learning.

Qualman is the author of six books, including “Socialnomics,” which made Amazon’s #1 Best Selling List for the U.S., Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea, and Germany. He served as an MBA Professor at the Hult International Business School and for the past 18 years has helped grow the digital capabilities of companies including Cadillac, EarthLink, EF Education First, Yahoo, Travelzoo, and AT&T. He is the founder and owner of, which PC Magazine ranks as a Top 10 Social Media Blog.

Qualman has lectured in 47 countries to over 25 million people and is best known for writing and producing the world’s most watched social media video, “Socialnomics.” He holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from The University of Texas, and his work has been highlighted on “60 Minutes,” “The New York Times,” “WSJ,” ABC News, “Financial Times,” “Forbes,” and “The Huffington Post.” He has been named a Top 100 Digital Influencer by “Fast Company” and put on “Forbes” Top 50 Power Influencer list.

Kimberly Bryant

Founder and CEO, Black Girls CODE

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Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE Kimberly Bryant will share the inspiring story behind the creation of Black Girls CODE, and why – after a 25+ successful career in engineering – she was determined to “change the face of technology.”

Black Girls CODE, is dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Black Girls CODE is now an international organization with ten chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Bryant serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. She has been nationally recognized as a social innovator for her work on increasing opportunities for women and girls in the tech industry. For her work supporting communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, she was honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service. She has also been recognized by “Business Insider” as one of the “25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology” and was named to “The Root 100” and the “Ebony Power 100” lists. Bryant is also an Apple STEM Partner, Aspen Institute Fellow, recipient of Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress, White House Champion of Change, and Toyota Standing O-Vation.