Global learning is an essential component of education today. Whether through study abroad, service learning, or classroom-based curriculum, the critical analysis of and engagement with complex, interdependent global systems is a crucial component of the educational experience. Experts will discuss both formative and summative methods of assessing global learning that promote student success.
Throughout the conversation, presenters and participants will:
- Explore why and how to engage in the assessment of global learning.
- Discuss what assessment results can actually tell us about a range of learning processes and outcomes (e.g., student achievement, programmatic success, areas for improvement).
- Provide concrete examples of how to "do" assessment in the real world, in a way that is accessible, substantive, and meaningful.
Faculty Conversations are designed for faculty members, academic leaders, researchers, and international educators interested in student learning outcomes and the educational experiences—curricular and co-curricular—created to help students gain and practice global knowledge, skills, and perspectives.
Take advantage of this special and stimulating conversation that taps into NAFSA’s growing community of practice focused on global learning.
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Craig N. Shealy, PhD
James Madison University
Craig N. Shealy, PhD, is professor of graduate psychology at James Madison University and executive director of the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI). Shealy’s research on beliefs and values, explicated through Equilintegration Theory, the EI Self, and the Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI), has been featured in a variety of forums in the United States and internationally, including Making Sense of Beliefs and Values. The BEVI is used in a wide range of contexts, including educational, leadership, clinical, organizational, and forensic, as well as the Forum BEVI Project, which assesses the processes and outcomes of international, multicultural, and transformative learning. A licensed clinical psychologist, Shealy is 2016 President Elect of the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology, a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy, a Madison Scholar at James Madison University, a Nehru Chair at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and a National Register Legacy of Excellence Psychologist.
David Blair, PhD
St. Edwards University
David Blair, PhD, is director of institutional assessment at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He is a Teagle Assessment Scholar; Association of American Colleges and Universities Global Learning Rubric team member; a project evaluator for the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education; and an institutional effectiveness evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A former professor and director of institutional research, Blair has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of global learning and assessment; data triangulation; and student success.
Ashley Finley, PhD
Dominican University of California
Ashley Finley is associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of the Dominican Experience at Dominican University of California. She is also national evaluator for the Bringing Theory to Practice project, a national project dedicated to understanding the intersection of students’ engaged learning, civic development, and well-being. Prior to joining Dominican University of California, she was senior director of assessment and research at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, where she remains a senior fellow. Her work at Dominican and with colleges and universities nationally focuses on engaging faculty and staff in developing student-centered, sustainable practices that enable the advancement of student success and learning with an emphasis on equity and evidence-based standards for improvement.
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Miki Cutting is an associate professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan. Cutting manages the Global Collaborative University Education (GLUE) programs, which were created by and are operated with St. Edward’s University (SEU), with funding from the Japanese government. Cutting has been intensively employing the use of electronic portfolios in overseas education and in conducting outcome assessment. Additionally, Cutting has been working with SEU on collaborative assessment using the Global Learning Rubrics. By identifying program outcomes and tailoring these rubrics in relation to these outcomes, she and her SEU team are able to conduct long term impact research. Cutting is also a core member of APU's campuswide assessment and rubric-building efforts.