Michigan State University hosted the first annual "Learning Abroad Conference" on November 2, 2012, co-sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, the Office for International Students and Scholars, and the Faculty Learning Community on Teaching and Learning Abroad. It featured presentations from students who returned from international learning experiences and international students currently studying abroad here in East Lansing. The presentations included a variety of formats from poetry to journal entries to video, and more. In addition, faculty workshops were held where experienced program leaders shared their thoughts on reflective practice, post-program engagement, faculty motivation for offering these learning opportunities, and assessment of learning outcomes.
The conference was a great success and gave a voice to the student experience through a variety of creative media so fellow students as well as the greater MSU community could better understand the nature and impacts of student learning abroad. As such, this will become an annual event.
These workshops were led by programs leaders who shared their thoughts related to reflective practice in education abroad, assessment of student learning, post-program engagement with students, and faculty's motivations for offering education abroad opportunities for students.
Learning Abroad through Knowledge, Action & Reflection (Jeanne Gazel, PhD)
Holistic Program Design for Learning Abroad (Scot Yoder, PhD)
Assessing Learning Abroad (David Wong, PhD)
SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT : Watch this short video that showcases last year's inaugural Learning Abroad Conference.
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