NAFSA 2019 Workshop Spotlight: Global Classrooms, Global Learning, and Internationalizing the Curriculum

April 16, 2019

By Brad Sekulich

As the 2019 Annual Conference Committee (ACC) put together the preconference workshop schedule, we reflected heavily on the timeliness and importance of this year's conference theme: Global Leadership, Learning, and Change. Given the increased discussions around global learning outcomes in all aspects of the field, it was essential to ensure that this year’s annual conference provided a platform to engage in a meaningful dialogue on this topic.

Four leaders in our field, Barbara Kappler, Inge Steglitz, Joseph Hoff, and Linda Drake Gobbo stepped forward and prepared a Workshop that provides practical approaches to enhance global learning at our institutions/organizations to those working within international education In my interview with Barbara Kappler, assistant dean and director of international student and scholar services at the university of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she addresses the value of participating in Global Classrooms, Global Learning, and Internationalizing the Curriculum for you and your institution.

Describe why a workshop on this topic is important to the field of international education.

Kappler: International education stands on a solid foundation when it comes to the flow of students across the globe. We implement outstanding opportunities for learning outside of one's home country for students in every discipline. While our work in generating environments that foster global learning and global classrooms throughout a student's degree program develop, they need greater attention to also be on a solid foundation. This interactive workshop jumps into fresh concepts for our field that broaden our work from a focus on mobility to the full student experience -- and challenges us to re-imagine and create spaces and opportunities for an enhanced focus on learning, connecting, and shifting perspectives. Our philosophy is that global learning occurs when all students have opportunities to be learning about the world in each of their classrooms and co-curricular activities.

Who should attend this workshop?

Kappler: Those who work directly with students, who plan courses, who develop co-curricular opportunities, who strategically plan global learning initiatives as part of overall internationalization planning, who seek to learn from new models and practices that bring deeper learning and connection to achieve global learning.

Tell us how participants will actively engage in the learning this workshop offers.

Kappler: Throughout the workshop, participants will interact with one another and with the trainers and will engage in discussions, reflection, and tweaking of exemplars that can be implemented when participants return home. Each trainer has more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of learning environments.

What can attendees hope to learn and take back to their offices and colleagues by attending this workshop?

Kappler: Specific strategies to create more global learning environments for students and more opportunities to deepen the learning.

NAFSA 2019 Workshops

All of the CTWs at NAFSA 2019 give you the opportunity to engage with leading experts in the field, to expand your knowledge, and walk away with practical applications to further enhance professional growth and development. To learn more about "Global Classrooms, Global Learning, and Internationalizing the Curriculum" and all of the workshop offerings in Washington, DC, check out the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference Preconference Workshops at

Brad Sekulich is the 2019 NAFSA Annual Conference Committee Workshop Coordinator and the director of office of education abroad at UNC Charlotte.