NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Project-Based Learning

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2018 Call for Proposals

Designing Project-Based Experiences for Integrative Global Learning

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Boston, Massachusetts
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Pacific FGH

What happens to the often abstract goals and theories of global learning when students and faculty are asked to apply them to the context of real-world projects?

How might project-based learning cause us to rethink faculty roles, curricular designs, and administrative structures?

Project-based learning is a high-impact strategy that promotes student engagement and learning through authentic problem-solving experiences. Interdisciplinary and integrative, it can be effective from the first year through the senior level, both in general education and in the major.

A team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute—longtime national leaders in project-based learning and founders of the WPI Institute on Project-Based Learning—will work with participants to develop a four-step process to design powerful learning experiences that integrate previous knowledge through focus on real-world problems situated in specific contexts .

Participants will work with expert facilitators and in small groups to:

  • Identify skills and abilities we want students to gain through integrative, project-based learning.
  • Consider evidence that will show if we have succeeded. 
  • Envision learning experiences designed to develop those skills and abilities and produce the evidence through assignments and activities.
  • Discuss institutional or resource challenges that must be overcome.
  • Examine support mechanisms and partnerships that can be useful in creating positive changes in the curriculum.

You Should Attend

  • If you are a dean, faculty member, senior international officer, or program director involved with education programming or curriculum development.
  • If you are interested in incorporating global learning and project-based experiences into educational programming.

What You Will Gain from Participating

  • Insights and successful strategies for developing global learning opportunities and project-based experiences.
  • Knowledge and examples of desired student outcomes for global learning and project-based experiences in educational programs.
  • Strategies to engage faculty and administration in global learning and project-based experiences.

Agenda

Tuesday, May 26
9:00 a.m.-9:05 a.m. Welcome

Kevin Hovland, Senior Director for Academic Programs, NAFSA
9:05 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Introduction, Overview, and Goals

Richard Vaz, PhD, Dean of Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, and Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Scott Jiusto, PhD, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Stephen McCauley, PhD, Adjunct Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Anne T. Ogilvie, Director of Global Operations, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
9:15 a.m. -9:25 a.m.  Participant Introductions
9:25 a.m.-10:00 a.m. A Scalable, Sustainable Model for Internationalizing STEM Education

Richard Vaz, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Table Exercise
Working with Students in the Field

Scott Jiusto, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Stephen McCauley, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Table Exercise
Supporting Faculty-Led Study Abroad Experiences


Anne T. Ogilvie, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address
Social Entrepreneurship: The View from the Liberal Arts

Participants will join colleagues in the Global Learning Colloquium on Business Education for a shared lunch and keynote address. 

Jonathan Isham, PhD, Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Economics, Middlebury College
1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Long-Term Impacts of Study Away Experiences

Richard Vaz, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Table Exercise
When Things Go Wrong


Richard Vaz, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Scott Jiusto, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Stephen McCauley, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Anne T. Ogilvie, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

(Times and agenda subject to change.)

Relevant Sessions and Meetings at NAFSA 2015

  • Preconference Workshop: Internationalizing the Curriculum: A Comprehensive Approach ($)
    Tuesday, May 26, 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., BCEC 153A
  • Open Meeting: Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community Update
    Tuesday, May 26, 1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m., BCEC 206AB
  • Open Meeting: Internationalizing Our Classroom Roundtable
    Tuesday, May 26, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., BCEC 259B
  • New Horizons in Student Engagement for Intercultural Learning
    Wednesday, May 27, 11:45 a.m-12:45 p.m., BCEC 157BC
  • Poster Fair: Internationalizing the Campus and Curriculum
    Wednesday, May 27, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., BCEC Hall A, Poster Fair Area
  • Using Bloom's Taxonomy to Assess Intercultural Values, Awareness, and Empathy
    Wednesday, May 27, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m., BCEC 206AB
  • Examining Diversity in the Intercultural Classroom
    Thursday, May 28, 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m., BCEC 206AB
  • Educating the Educators: Global and Cultural Awareness in Faculty Development
    Thursday, May 28, 2:00 p.m-3:15 p.m., BCEC 156A
  • Open Meeting: Faculty and Curriculum Development
    Friday, May 29, 11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., BCEC 259B
  • Beyond the Central Campus: Systemwide Faculty Engagement in Internationalization
    Friday, May 29, 1:30 p.m-2:30 p.m., BCEC 252AB

Pricing

Member type Registration One colloquium 2nd colloquium
Member (With registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $229 $149
Member (Without registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $329 $229
Nonmember (With registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $329 $249
Nonmember (Without registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $429 $329
Student (With/without registration for the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo) $150 $150

2015 Presenters

Presenter bios

2015 Partners

NAFSA thanks its partner organizations, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) for their assistance with this colloquium.