Presentation 1: Globally Networked Learning and Student Mobility: What is the Connection? (20 min), Melanie Wilson, PhD Candidate and part-time Instructor, McGill University
Abstract: As colleges and universities look for ways to internationalize their campuses through initiatives such as study abroad, linking globally networked courses to these initiatives have presented unique challenges and opportunities. Ms. Wilson will open this panel discussion by presenting findings from an exploratory survey that suggests a link between globally networked courses and increased student mobility. Possible implications of this link will be presented, followed by the two other panelists who will share their unique instances where this connection is being enacted. The panel will conclude with a discussion of the implications of these cases and moderated Q/A.
Presentation 2: Going Global: Challenges and Successes in an Intercultural Communication COIL Course (20 min), Deirdre Sato, Ph.D., Director of International Programs and Services at Purchase College, SUNY
Abstract: Designed to introduce basic intercultural communication theory and garner interest in studying abroad, this hybrid course features two correspondence modules linking students at Purchase College, SUNY with students abroad. The presentation will present the successes and specific challenges for students and faculty alike when there are multiple partners during a course.
Presentation 3: Costa Rica Live: The Cloud Forest to the Red Clay (20 min), Dr. Kasee Clifton Laster, Director of Education Abroad,University of Georgia
Abstract: Costa Rica Live is UGA’s means of bringing study abroad and international field research home to campus. The university maintains a study abroad/research station near Monteverde. There, students study a variety of fields, but the core discipline is ecology. Costa Rica Live allows students in large lecture sessions back in Athens to “hike,” observe, and learn alongside students and researchers in the cloud forest.
Panel Chair: Melanie Wilson, PhD Candidate and part-time Instructor, McGill University