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2017 Annual Conference Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, November 8

Time
Event / Session
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration and Welcome Desk
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Global Leadership League: Empowering Women in Global
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open Forum
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Rainbow SIG Meeting
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Opening Plenary
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Opening Reception

Thursday, November 9

Time
Event / Session
Chair / Presenters
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration and Welcome Desk
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
Concurrent Sessions (Group 1)
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning): An Innovative, Economical Approach to Expanding Access to International Education through Technology

Details

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 the internationalization toolkit, but few SIOs and international education staff or faculty have significant experience with this format. This session will be an opportunity to learn about the model and its implementation from three leading COIL practitioners. In addition to describing the COIL model and giving examples of its implementation, this session will address the process of embedding COIL courses into the curriculum, providing training, linking it to short-term study abroad, and getting administrative buy-in.

Chair: Jon Rubin, COIL Consulting, Founder SUNY COIL Center

Presenters: Natalia Dyba, University of Washington Bothell; Keiko Ikeda, Kansai University, Japan
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
"What I Meant to Say Was..." Using Technology to Create Virtual Practice Environments to Prepare for Tough Conversations with Students in Crisis

Details

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 the results of a CIEE pilot training program, featuring virtual simulation Kognito At-Risk programs, conducted this year for CIEE Resident Directors and other overseas resident field staff. After a demonstration from the program’s creator, participants will discuss best practices for approaching at-risk students and implement them with a role-play exercise. We’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A, so you can hear more about our resident field staff’s experiences with the At-Risk system and the pre- and post-training survey results in detail.

Chair: Beth West, CIEE

Presenters: Glenn Albright, Kognito; Colin McElroy, CIEE
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Digital Reflection as a Key to Developing Cultural Awareness

Details

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 Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and data from three programs, we’ll discuss integrating the IDI with the student experience, as well as using reflective writing and structured prompts in eportfolios to foster student recognition of intercultural awareness. Participants will design a simple eportfolio with program specific prompts that can be applied to their own programs.

Chair: Ruth Benander, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College

Presenters: Deborah Page, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College; Kellie Tilton, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Leveraging Online Instruction to Augment Intercultural Learning Abroad

Details

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 an overview of course structure, assignments, and institutional goals for student learning, as well as discuss rationale for online format, challenges, and lessons. Join our discussion of strategies and solutions that address the challenges of online learning for education abroad programs.

Chair: Monya Lemery, The University of Texas at Austin

Presenters: Deirdre Mendez, The University of Texas at Austin; Opal Leeman Bartzis, Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break and Poster Fair
Concurrent Sessions (Group 2)
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Embracing Technology to Transform Regressive Short-Term Programming

Details

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? By sharing our case study, we’ll show you a model for achieving growth within the context of sensitive themes and abbreviated schedules. We’ll review how to facilitate experience by integrating and acknowledging pressures and desires to document international experiences with social media. Join us to explore how this approach fosters more meaningful, intimate human interactions and take part in hands-on exercises that will help you plan your next endeavor.

Chair: Bri Dostie, CIEE

Presenters: John Roper, CIEE; Nolan Kline, Rollins College
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Connecting Learning Abroad with Learning at Home Through Reflective Campus-Based Courses

Details

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 learning on the home campus. In this session, you’ll learn about the content, methodology, and logistics that have worked successfully at each institution, as well as lessons learned from overcoming obstacles along the way. During group discussions, participants will also get valuable insights by briefly enrolling in courses, completing an assignment, and discussing findings.

Chair: Jennifer White, Goucher College

Presenter: Tracy Rundstrom Williams, Texas Christian University
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Campus Internationalization Through Faculty Professional Development Abroad

Details

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 home campuses following their own professional development experiences. You’ll also discover innovative ways that campuses with limited resources can internationalize with a trickle-down strategy.

Chair: Paola Esmieu, Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions

Presenters: Ervin James III, Paul Quinn College; Melvenia Martin, Grambling State University; Erin Santana, CIEE
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Millennials Abroad in Uncertain Times: Innovative and Integrated Approaches to International Crisis Response

Details

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, communicate with them, and provide help? By embracing today’s technology and social media platforms, educators can develop nimble, robust crisis-management plans that keep pace with tech-savvy, connected students. Join us to learn about an integrative strategy that capitalizes on relatively new technologies to respond quickly and effectively in the event of study abroad emergencies.

Chair: Erin Wolf, The University of Texas System

Presenters: Jessica Miller, The University of Texas at Austin; Christopher Daniel, Michigan State University
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Tech Hub: PenPal Schools
Joe Troyen, Founder
Concurrent Sessions (Group 3)
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Spotlight Session
Retrospective: A Decade of Intercultural Learning at CIEE

Details

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 our programs. In this session, we’ll examine the journey and share relevant lessons. We’ll explore challenges, including providing instructor training, assessing learning outcomes, managing a complex rollout plan, and cultivating buy-in. Whether you’ve facilitated intercultural learning for years or you’re just getting started, join us for an engaging session on the evolution and future of intercultural learning.c

Host: Alexandra Wood, CIEE

Presenters: Elsa Maxwell, CIEE; Yanfei Fu, CIEE; Catherine Menyhart, Independent Consultant; Serigne Ndiaye, CIEE
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
How Penn State Lehigh Valley leveraged 360 video to create Immersive Learning Modules and Open Educational Resources

Details

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 learning modules were developed using a small, inexpensive high definition camera.

From student and faculty vision to technology and, of course, University support, join us for a lively presentation and discussion about the potential your college may have to economically adapt a similar opportunity. We will discuss the options for lab usage, the potential development of Open Educational Resources, and most importantly, all the details on creating your first 360 video and how to assess student learning.

Chair: Kate Morgan, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Presenters: Kenneth Thigpen, Penn State Lehigh Valley; Karen Kackley-Dutt, Penn State Lehigh Valley; Eileen Grodziak, Penn State Lehigh Valley
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
The Imperative of Incident Reporting

Details

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 has attracted attention in the United States at federal and state levels. Learn why reporting is important, and get familiar with current and proposed legislation and what it means for sending and receiving campuses. We’ll also discuss the Critical Incident Database, developed by The Forum on Education Abroad, as an important professional tool for collective tracking and reporting.

Chair: Kerry A. Geffert, Terra Dotta

Presenters: Natalie A. Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad; John G. Tansey, Dartmouth College
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
More INTER than CULTURAL: How Globally Networked Learning Can Bridge Our Divides

Details

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 and faculty in different parts of the world share common learning spaces, spanning institutional contexts and national boundaries and supporting intercultural learning. GNCs have potential to eliminate preconceptions and foster cross-cultural cooperation, particularly when students from wealthy nations engage with students from poorer regions. After listening to our panelists' experiences, you’ll have an opportunity to create your own GNC.

Chair: Janine DeWitt, Marymount University

Presenters: Matt Bakker, Marymount University; Loes Damhof, Hanze University of Applied Science, Netherlands; Terry Graham, ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Mexico
Concurrent Sessions (Group 4)
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Data-Driven Tools for Education Abroad

Details

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 introduce a variety of data-driven tools, including Caspio and Tableau, that can help drive study abroad access and participation. After looking at applications for enrollment management, academic integration, program portfolio, student program evaluations, program costs, and reciprocal student exchange balance, you’ll be able to share the benefits and challenges of these tools for your own institutions and identify the need for additional tools.

Chair: Hsiu-Zu Ho, University of California Education Abroad Program

Presenters: Gordon Schaeffer, University of California Education Abroad Program; Emily Graham, University of California Education Abroad Program; Yeana Lam, University of California Education Abroad Program
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Empowering Student Leaders: Digital Students Are Your Greatest

Details

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 with your intercultural learning objectives. By developing student leaders, your team can change social media from a burden to a teaching tool. Learn how to incorporate educational tools into your social media plan and see how it empowers you to guide students to articulate personal and academic goals for study abroad, investigate all program possibilities, and develop empathy and intercultural skills with digital media presence.

Chair: Annie Gibson, Tulane University

Presenter: Emily Capdeville, Tulane University
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Mountains, Valleys, and Uncharted Terrain: Exploring the Use of Technology to Deliver Inclusive and Efficient Study-Abroad Programming

Details

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, administrators, faculty, and staff will learn how technology is helping two major universities break down these barriers. Join us and see how Arizona State University is making study abroad more available to online and other non-traditional learners, and how the University of South Carolina has dramatically increased study-abroad program development and improved efficiency with online data management.

Chair: Karen Edwards, University of South Carolina

Presenters: Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, University of South Carolina; Jennifer Malerich, Arizona State University
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Swiped Out: Implications of Dating App Use by Students Abroad and What to Do About It

Details

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 research on why and how students use dating apps abroad, and the new, amplified challenges this presents for safety, group dynamics, and ethics. Through a variety of lenses, we’ll explore this topic in the context of your home institutions and organizations. We’ll collect best practices as they arise in our discussion and add them to a collection of resources for you to use moving forward.

Chair: Justin Kader, Gustavus Adolphus College

Presenters: Deirdre Opp, University of Minnesota; Monica Schechter, California Polytechnic State University
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Meet CIEE
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Annual Conference Reception
The Bullock Texas State History Museum

Friday, November 10

Time
Event / Session
Chair / Presenters
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Welcome Desk
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
Concurrent Sessions (Group 1)
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Washington Update
Chair: Ilir Zherka, The Alliance for International Exchange
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Appealing to the Snapchat Generation: Using Technology to Break Through Students’ Eight-Second Information Filters

Details

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 accelerate the charge to regularly assess, adapt, and reassess communication strategies that meet our students’ needs and preferences. Join us to explore methods and mediums of communication alongside current technology that can break through Generation Z's eight-second information filter, using current generation theory, market research, and trends in higher education.

Chair: Caroline Ickes, International Studies Abroad

Presenters: Caroline Cully Garbers, University of Florida; Colin Large, University of Tulsa
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Exploring Online Tools for Assessing Intercultural Learning and Development

Details

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 how to weave them into your programming. Participants will examine the theoretical frameworks of these tools and discuss their relative strengths and limitations. You’ll also learn what to consider when selecting an assessment tool and explore how to pair online assessments with curriculum for maximum effect.

Chair: Chris Cartwright, Intercultural Communication Institute

Presenter: Ryan Richards, CIEE
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Money Matters: Using Technology to Support Students with Financing Education Abroad

Details

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 technology to advise students on financing education abroad, managing financial information exchange, and processing applications for financial aid and scholarships. Best practices and innovative technology can help all students - including those with high financial need and from diverse backgrounds - access information and funding to support their study abroad goals.

Chair: Lynn Aguado, Michigan State University

Presenters: Lindsay G. Calvert, Institute of International Education; Katrina Brown, The University of Utah; Amanda Zamzes, Elon University
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break and Poster Fair
Concurrent Sessions (Group 2)
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Studying Across Digital Gaps and Firewalls

Details

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 sharing. Students, families, and universities increasingly rely on the internet for communication and operations and expect a high level of connectivity, which is not always available. We’ll go beyond slow dial-up stories to explore strategies used by field staff to deal with connectivity disruptions and see how study-abroad advisors and other stakeholders can cooperate across digital divides. Join us to discover the learning opportunities that emerge as a silver lining.

Chair: Karlis Rokpelnis, CIEE

Presenters: Elena Corbett, AMIDEAST; Serigne Ndiaye, CIEE
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Using Technology to Build Campus Partnerships

Details

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 streamline and strengthen student support and eliminate barriers. Come learn about the partnerships developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The University of Alabama, and their respective campuses. You’ll also learn about innovative technology that facilitates communication and highlights campus priorities for financial aid planning and course equivalency.

Chair: Carolina Robinson, The University of Alabama

Presenters: Heath Thompson, The University of Alabama; Kate Hamoonga, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Heidi Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Using Technology to Improve Participation of Minority Students in Global Learning

Details

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 languages. Educators seek innovative ways to engage minorities in global learning opportunities while simultaneously trying to minimize factors that limit participation. Join us for a look at assessment tools used to sustain technology and improve outcomes, with a focus on improving globalization and intercultural competencies for minority students.

Chair: Vivian Shannon-Ramsey, Salisbury University

Presenters: Carl Algood, Bowie State University; Makeba Green, Bowie State University
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Taming the Tangle: Project Management in Education Abroad

Details

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 look at our goals and results. You’ll come away with a framework you can use to evaluate how your own office functions and discover effective strategies for managing complex processes.

Chair: Ruth Page, Vanderbilt University

Presenters: Isabelle S. Crist, Vanderbilt University; Brook Blahnik, University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Annual Luncheon
Concurrent Sessions (Group 3)
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Online Pre-Departure Courses: Maximizing Student Learning and Support

Details

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. Join us for a look at the opportunity online pre-departure courses present and identify building blocks and approaches you can incorporate with your own programming through a formal presentation, sample activities, supported reflection, and group discussion.

Chair: Ryan Richards, CIEE

Presenters: Allison Sobol, CIEE; Linda Stuart, AFS-Sentio
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Millennials and Technology: How Keeping up with the Kids Fosters Engaged Learning and Community Abroad

Details

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 higher education; however, many are faculty-produced or created to disseminate course content. In this session, we will outline how attendees can embrace technology to enhance students’ experience abroad, with special focus on intercultural development, intentional experiential learning, and reflection.

Chair: Sarah Glasco, Elon University

Presenter: L.D. Russell, Elon University
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Leveraging Effective Technology: Maximizing Communications with Students and Global Partners

Details

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 how to ensure your message is understood by everyone the first time, from Generation Z students to Baby Boomers. By leveraging digital tools and using key communication strategies, you’ll minimize the dreaded email back-and-forth, be more productive in your work, and create more engaging content for your students and partners. Let’s make this virtual world a better place by stepping up communication strategies for emails, meetings, and deliverables.

Chair: Julianna Kobs, 33Vincent

Presenter: Nikki Powers, GoAbroad.com; Sarah O’Donnell, Colorado State University
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Global Safety: A Case Study in Using Technology to Enhance Student Safety and Inform Decision-Making

Details

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 of everyday life. Study abroad providers have similar responsibilities with a greater challenge - our students travel from a variety of locations across continents and time zones, with varying start and end dates. Join us for a look at CIEE’s approach; we’ll show how new technologies can provide a framework for a comprehensive health, safety, and security strategy and create valuable data to inform decisions and enhance student safety and staff preparedness.

Chair: Deb Myers, CIEE

Presenters: Aimee Holmgren, OnSolve; Bill Bull, CIEE; Adam Haynes, CIEE
Concurrent Sessions (Group 4)
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Starting from 001: Leveraging Digital Technology to Build Global Education at Community Colleges

Details

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 discuss how they have used digital tools to create and build international programs, increasing access to study abroad through short-term faculty-led programs, domestic study-away programs, hybrid programs, and service learning. We will also discuss our work to internationalize our campuses with events, faculty training, and professional development. You’ll hear perspectives from international education specialists and college faculty members at different stages of development, as we focus on creative program development, advocacy, and leadership in community college settings.

Chair: Jeff Badger, Southern Maine Community College

Presenters: Tom Patterson, Johnson County Community College; Heith Hennel, Valencia College
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Turning to Technology: Emerging Access for Students with Disabilities

Details

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 people with disabilities. In this session, we’ll identify the barriers people with disabilities and their advisors encounter when researching exchange opportunities and indicate specific technologies that can remove these barriers. Finally, we’ll look at how exchange programs can use technology to bolster inclusion.

Chair: Monica Malhotra, Mobility International USA

Presenters: Emma Verrill, Trinity Episcopal School & CIEE Alumna; Morgan Reiss, CIEE
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Using Technology to Enhance Study Abroad: Online Courses for Overseas Experiences

Details

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 embraced these challenges early on, offering online cross-cultural courses that enable study abroad students to prepare for their semesters abroad, enhance their stays, and reflect on their experiences. In this session, representatives from both universities will explore the development of online cross-cultural engagements from the perspectives of the overseas sites, online instructors, technology integration staff, and study abroad leadership.

Chair: Amalia Pérez-Juez, Boston University

Presenters: Sue Griffin, Boston University; Michelle L. Klosterman, Wake Forest University; Allen Brown, Wake Forest University
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Uncovering the Digital Author Abroad: Reflection, Representation, and Authority in Digital Learning Abroad

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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 as they present, articulate, and deconstruct experiences outside of the classroom. Join us for a critical conversation on the digital presence of students abroad. We’ll present examples of students creating digital stories of their learning experiences and discuss models that support students’ critical evaluation and deconstruction of their digital and tangible selves and those of the other.

Chair: Ray Casserly, CIEE

Presenters: Elsa Maxwell, CIEE; Hannah Milkie, Northern Michigan University

Saturday, November 11

Time
Event / Session
Chair / Presenters
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration and Welcome Desk
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
CIEE Breakfast
Concurrent Sessions (Group 1)
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Teacher Candidates Abroad: Using Digital Tools to Experience Culture and Develop Disciplinary Knowledge

Details

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 Education and Digital Literacy - leveraged technology, including culturally-based digital storytelling, tracking fitness with Fitbits, and maintaining reflective blogs that focused on course content and travel experience. We’ll share students’ blogs and digital stories along with key themes.

Chair: Dan Grube, Western Carolina University

Presenter: Nancy Luke, Western Carolina University
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Faculty Development: Bringing it Back to Campus

Details

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. Together, we participated in a CIEE faculty development seminar in Spain in June 2016. We’ll share insights from the Camino de Santiago (Along the Ancient Way) and discuss how we set out to transform our classrooms and other aspects of our professional work back on our U.S. campuses. You’ll learn how to guide your students’ intellectual journeys of discovery with community research, creative writing, and new technologies.

Chair: Margaret Walsh, Keene State College

Presenters: Alison C. Fleming, Winston-Salem State University; Cynthia Ganote, Saint Mary's College of California; Holly M. Wendt, Lebanon Valley College
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Once More with Feeling: Humanizing Technology in the Study-Abroad Space

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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 it as a central thread through the study abroad experience, enhancing students’ academic, intercultural, and emotional development. In this session, you’ll grapple with the challenges and opportunities relating to technology accessibility in diverse regional contexts, working towards differentiated and/or adapted methods of implementation. We’ll come full circle by incorporating the experiences of study abroad professionals and students.

Chair: Julia Pons, CIEE

Presenters: Jonathan Key, CIEE; Zachary Macinnes, Trinity College; Mandi Faulkner, The University of Texas at Austin
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Signing up for Study Abroad: Enrollment Interest, Process, and Data

Details

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) on their experiences with gathering student interest, conducting process mapping, structuring enrollment teams in various ways, and creating a paperless enrollment process. Panelists will discuss how to obtain and use enrollment data to identify significant patterns and follow-through percentages (the number of students who complete the process). We’ll wrap up with an open discussion of your struggles, solutions, and ideas.

Chair: Marielle Berman, University of California, Davis

Presenters: Nicole Uhlinger, University of California, Davis; Cathy Wu, University of California, Davis; Lauren Easterling, University of Washington
Concurrent Sessions (Group 2)
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Jump-Start Intercultural Dialogue with Social Media

Details

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 during short-term embedded course travel to Ireland. Learn how voluntary responses to icebreaker prompts quickly opened channels to meaningful dialogue about psychology issues within students’ diverse communities. You’ll also learn about project requirements and outcomes, test drive the Yammer social media platform, explore alternative social media platforms, and discuss how to incorporate similar projects.

Chair: Eileen M. Grodziak, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Presenter: David Livert, Penn State Lehigh Valley
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Leveraging the G-Z student in a Short-Term Program: Maximizing Learning by Using Their Tools

Details

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 experiential learning. Data comes from students’ photo-journals, survey responses, and videos. Variables include personal growth and attitudinal measures from pre- and post-surveys and language measures from videos and journals. We’ll share details and results, giving you concrete ideas for how to enrich your own programs.

Chair: Lisa Kuriscak, Ball State University

Presenters: Kajsa Larson, Northern Kentucky University; Nelson López, Bellarmine University
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Maximizing Photo Narratives in Short-Term Study Abroad

Details

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. Join us to explore how to leverage those photos and visual narratives to more fully reflect intercultural development. We’ll look at qualitative research of photo narratives and see how education abroad leaders can maximize photography for meaningful reflection and assessment of students' intercultural development.

Chair: Annie Nguyen, York College of Pennsylvania

Presenters: Martha Strickland, Penn State Harrisburg; Tracy Rundstrom Williams, Texas Christian University
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Enhancing Cultural and Linguistic Connections with Technology, Both at Home and Abroad

Details

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 interaction between students and host families while abroad, using prompts and conversation questions at different stages. In part two, we’ll showcase a project featuring a blog for students to share observations, comments, and photos, plus a set of questions for periodic interviews with locals. Finally, we’ll highlight a four-week language exchange program between students in an advanced Spanish grammar class on a home campus and students at the Universidad de las Américas in Ecuador.

Chair: Ame Cividanes, Yale University

Presenters: Pilar Asensio, Yale University; Terry Seymour, Yale University

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