Global Learning Colloquium on Assessment

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2017 Registration

Best Practices and Strategies for Assessing Global Learning

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

  • 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 will discuss both formative and summative methods of assessing global learning that promote student success and transformational learning.

Participants will work 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.


Faculty, staff, international educators, and graduate students who want to understand ways of identifying and assessing student learning outcomes in global learning.

You Should Attend

  • If you are interested in developing your understanding of global competencies;
  • If you want to learn ways to integrate the development of these competencies into curriculum through articulation of student learning goals and assessment of outcomes; and
  • If you are working to develop assessment practices that will enhance your capacity to provide transformational global learning opportunities.

What You Will Gain From Participating

  • 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 will receive:

  • Certificate of Completion – Professional Development Program in Global Learning
  • Complimentary copy of seminal text Learning Across Cultures (Althen)
  • Handbook of Resources
  • Complimentary License to My Cultural Awareness Profile (myCAP©) online assessment tool
  • Access to the Opening 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 and Why Should 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

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

First Collaborative Opportunity:
Defining Global Learning & Identifying Student Learning Outcomes (Small Group Discussions)

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

10:30 a.m.– 10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break



Hour Title Presenter(s)

10:45 a.m.– 11:15 a.m.

Panel Presentation 2:
Best Practices in Assessment

Global Learning Grant Recipients

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Panel Presentation 3:
Best Practices in Assessing Global Learning

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

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Second Collaborative Opportunity:
Identifying Strategies & Best Practices to Integrate Assessment (Small Group Discussions)

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

12:15 p.m.– 1:15 p.m.



Planning Projects

Hour Title Presenter(s)

1:15 p.m.– 1:45 p.m.

Panel Presentation 4:
Strategies & Best Practices to Integrate Assessment of Global Learning into Programming across Campus

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

1:45 p.m.– 2:30 p.m.

Final Collaborative Opportunity:
Integrating Assessment of Global Learning (Small Group Discussions)

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

2:45 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Next Steps

Craig Shealy, PhD

4:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.

NAFSA Plenary Speaker


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

2017 Presenters

Presenter bios