Global Learning Colloquium on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design (STEAM’D)

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2018 Call for Proposals

Internationalizing the Curriculum

A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

May 31, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA

Comprehensive cross-disciplinary programming design within curricula is critically important when preparing graduates for the complexities of work in our increasingly interconnected societies. As science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) emerge as key drivers of innovation and change in the twenty-first century, it becomes imperative to integrate the complementary fields of art and design into STEM programming.

At this event, participants discussed strategies for incorporating cross-cultural and global perspectives into curriculum. Experts in the field presented powerful examples of cross-disciplinary programming integrating these perspectives. Participants explored strategies and techniques to internationalize STEAM'D education through the development of international partnerships, exchange programs, and the integration of other high-impact experiences into curricula. 

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


Wednesday, May 31, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check in and Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview
  • Heather MacCleoud, Director, Academic Programs, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Framing Session and Panel Discussion
The Importance of Global Learning in STEAM’D
  • Michael K. J. Milligan, PhD, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 
  • Christopher LaPrade, Manager, International Activities, American Chemical Society (ACS)
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. First Collaborative Opportunity
Innovative Approaches to Global Learning in STEAM’D

Facilitated by:

  • Michael K. J. Milligan, PhD
  • Christopher LaPrade
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Framing Session and Panel Discussion on STEAM’D and Global Learning
Re-defining STEAM’D: Merging the Arts, Scientific Method, & Engineering Design
  • Peter C. Falcon, Earth Science Outreach Coordinator, Jet Propulsion Laboratory - NASA
  • Maggie Blair-Ramsey, Coordinator of Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs, Michigan State University
  • Rajiv Uttamchandani, Astrophysicist, Human Rights Activist, Social Entrepreneur
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Second Collaborative Opportunity
Defining STEAM’D – Important Considerations in Cross-Disciplinary in Global Learning (Small Group Discussions)

Facilitated by:

  • Peter C. Falcon
  • Maggie Blair-Ramsey
  • Rajiv Uttamchandani
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
Serious Gaming as Cross-Disciplinary Global Learning in STEAM’D
  • Zsadany "ZAD" Vecsey, Founder and Partner, ALEAS Simulations, Inc.; Producer of the award winning "Csikszentmihalyi's FLOW is Good Business
  • Brian M. Winn, Associate Professor, Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media; Director of the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab; Principal Investigator in the Communication Technology Lab, Michigan State University
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Presentation and Discussion
STEAMED: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship, and Design - Entrepreneurship as a critical pillar in STEAM'D education
  • Frank J. Lee, PhD, Associate Professor of Digital Media - Westphal College of Media Arts and Design - Drexel University
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Framing Session
Strategies and Best Practices to Integrate Global Learning into Programming across Campus
  • John Kuhlman, PhD, Professor and MAE Department Graduate Program Coordinator, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University 
Presentation: Global Learning Programs in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department at West Virginia University (WVU) (pdf)
Handout: WVU MAE Global Learning Programs (pdf)               
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Final Collaborative Opportunity
Identifying Strategies to Integrate Global Learning into Programming

Facilitated by:

  • Maggie Blair-Ramsey
  • John Kuhlman, PhD
  • Christopher LaPrade
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Next Steps
  • Heather MacCleoud
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. NAFSA Plenary Speaker  

*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

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