Missives from London, England

Wendy Bowers-Gachesa will attend CIEE’s International Faculty Development Seminars “Grow Abroad: Enhancing Study Away Through Online Learning” in London, England during July.


Wendy Bowers-Gachesa in London.

CIEE describes the aim of the seminar as follows:

Study abroad is in the midst of a silent crisis. The dominant story – that study abroad inherently changes lives – is under increasing scrutiny. A growing body of scholarship supports a new story: Students only grow abroad when they engage in deliberate intercultural training and reflection. CIEE believes that online learning will play a crucial role in the future of study abroad and its course delivery. This seminar is for study abroad professionals and faculty seeking to elevate the impact of their programming through online learning. Together, we will explore, evaluate, and demonstrate the capacity of digital technology to contribute to international education.

Participants in this seminar:

  • Experience cutting edge and experimental online learning tools for pre-departure orientation, assessment, and in-country support
  • Connect with peers in a dynamic learning community
  • Engage with academics, specialists, and developers of technology at the nexus of education and technology
  • Explore critical concepts relating to technology in education
  • Experiment with blended learning case studies in our laboratory/classroom, the CIEE Global Institute – London
  • Assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of different online learning tools
  • Create and present a proposed program redesign based on best practices in online learning and study abroad

Topics include:

  • The Digital Self, exercises on relationship building.
  • Technology in the Classroom: critical discussion on the use of technology in the classroom.
  • Using technology as a learning and an assessment tool.
  • Use of technology in museum settings to enhance learning.
  • Online discussion board: Computers in the classroom: a good idea or a bad one?
  • Views of the world through a different lens: study abroad experience and the use of cameras – is it helping or hindering the student experience? Are we instilling our beliefs and values on the next generation?
  • Anthropological discourses on the digital self
  • Representation of the Other
  • The digital and the tangible Self while learning abroad
  • Experiments with Augmented Reality
  • Applying online learning principles to study abroad


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