Global Learning Colloquium on Assessment

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

Internationalizing the Curriculum

Best Practices and Strategies for Assessing Global Learning

May 31, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA

  • How do we encourage transformational global learning in our students?
  • How can global learning goals be better aligned with the student learning goals in programs and across campus?
  • What assessment frameworks are essential to promote global learning goals throughout an academic program?
  • What assessment strategies are the most useful in promoting the transformational learning that international education and global learning goals seek to provide?
  • What are best practices and strategies for assessing global learning across the curriculum?

How do you know if your students have developed essential cross-cultural and global competencies? Global learning is a needed component of education today. Whether through education abroad, service learning, or classroom-based curriculum, the critical analysis of and engagement with complex, interdependent global systems is fundamental for today’s educational experience. Assessment experts discussed both formative and summative methods of assessing global learning that promote student success and transformational learning.

Participants worked with expert facilitators and in small groups to:

  • Explore why and how to engage in the assessment of global learning;
  • Identify student learning outcomes that are aligned with global learning goals;
  • Learn of strategies that encourage transformational global learning experiences through targeted and supportive assessments; and
  • Discuss techniques for assessing curricular and co-curricular experiences that help students develop the knowledge and skills they need to engage with a world that is more interconnected.

What Participants Gained

  • Insights and strategies successful for developing global learning opportunities;
  • Knowledge and examples of desired student outcomes for global learning;
  • Real world examples of doing assessments that are accessible, substantive, and meaningful for your programs; and
  • Strategies to engage faculty, international education professionals, and administrators in conversation about the assessment of global learning.

All participants received:

  • Certificate of Completion – Professional Development Program in Global Learning
  • Complimentary copy of seminal text Learning Across Cultures (Althen)
  • Handbook of Resources
  • Access to the Plenary Address by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Hour Title Presenter(s)

9:00 a.m.– 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Overview

Craig N. Shealy, PhD, Professor of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University, and Executive Director of the International Beliefs and Values Institute

Theory & Concept

Hour Title Presenter(s)

9:15 a.m.– 10:00 a.m.

Framing Session:
What is Global Learning & How Do We Assess It?

Craig Shealy, PhD

John Dirkx, PhD, Professor and Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair (Emeritus) in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, Director, Masters of Arts in Education (MAED), Michigan State University

Darla K. Deardorff, EdD, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators

Jennifer Wiley, Managing Partner, CoreCollaborative International, LLC


Hour Title Presenter(s)

10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

First Collaborative Opportunity:
How Does Assessment Illustrate What Global Learning Looks Like in Practice?

Craig Shealy, PhD
John Dirkx, PhD
Darla K. Deardorff, EdD
Jennifer Wiley

10:45 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break


11:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.

Global Learning Grant Winner Presentations
Innovative Approaches to the Assessment of Global Learning

A Dynamic Systems Approach to Assessing Global Learning
Jiangyuan (JY) Zhou, EdD, Internationalization Specialist - Office of Global Engagement, Stockton University

Assessing Reciprocity in Global Academic Partnerships in an Era of Growing Inequality
Aaron Yarmoshuk, PhD Candidate, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Integrating Global Learning Assessment in a Study of Internationalization at Universidad La Salle Mexico
Elvira P Castillo, Academic Exchange Coordinator, Universidad La Salle Mexico

Developing Intercultural Learning Assessment within a Framework of Best High Impact Practices: Faculty-Led Short-Term Programs Abroad
Kati R. Csoman, Dean of International Education, Juniata College

Summary Reflections
Darla K. Deardorff, EdD


Hour Title Presenter(s)

12:00 p.m.– 12:15 p.m.

Assessment Planning Processes

Jennifer Wiley, MIAA

12:15 p.m.– 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch


1:15 p.m.– 2:45 p.m.

Collaborative Opportunity
Small Group Assessment Planning & Discussion

John Dirkx, PhD
Craig N. Shealy, PhD
Jennifer Wiley, MIAA
Darla K. Deardorff, EdD

2:45 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Conclusion & Next Steps Craig N. Shealy, PhD

4:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.

NAFSA Plenary Speaker

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Please note that colloquium schedules and events are subject to change.

Special Offer

Invite your students to attend NAFSA 2017 colloquia on the internationalization of curriculum for just $99. Bring one or more students and receive a 20-percent discount.

2017 Presenters

Presenter bios