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An exploratory study about the creation, administration, and evaluation of study abroad courses at one regional university in the Midwest

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  • 1. CLICK TO ADD TITLE Educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. An exploratory study about the creation, administration, and evaluation of study abroad courses at one regional university in the Midwest U.S.A Heather Carpenter, PhD Grand Valley State University
  • 2. Background • Grand Valley State University – 24,662 students / 3,426 grad students – Many study abroad opportunities – 28 faculty led study abroad courses • Study abroad programs increase students’ – Global awareness – GPAs – Philanthropic efforts
  • 3. Research Questions • What study abroad courses are currently being offered at Grand Valley State University? • How are these study abroad courses being created (or adapted from current courses), administered, and evaluated in various units across the university? • To what extent are study abroad courses offered for graduate students? • What best practices can be shared across study abroad courses and utilized in graduate education? • What similarities and differences exist in study abroad course offerings across the university? • How do faculty members create meaningful study abroad experiences for students? • How do faculty members evaluate knowledge and skills received in such programs
  • 4. Research Questions • What study abroad courses are currently being offered at Grand Valley State University? • How are these study abroad courses being created (or adapted from current courses), administered, and evaluated in various units across the university? • To what extent are study abroad courses offered for graduate students? • What best practices can be shared across study abroad courses and utilized in graduate education? • What similarities and differences exist in study abroad course offerings across the university? • How do faculty members create meaningful study abroad experiences for students? • How do faculty members evaluate knowledge and skills received in such programs
  • 5. Methods • Analysis of study abroad offerings – Service-learning component – Offered to graduate students • Interviews with five courses / one director for faculty-led study abroad programs
  • 6. Discipline, Course Name, Number Country Duration Number of Students Number of Years Offered Offering – Undergraduates, Graduates or Both (Social Work) BSW 356, MSW 630 El Salvador 2 Weeks 10 to 15 undergraduates or graduates 15 Both (Honors College) HNR 281: Honors Social Science “Cultural Exchange and Service - Learning in Ghana HNR 399: Independent Study (substitute for Jr Seminar) or HNR 499 Senior Project Ghana 7 Weeks up to 15, all majors across the campus., both undergraduate and graduate 2 Undergraduates (Education) EDG 601, Jamaican culture and education. Jamaica 15 days, plus one week of pre-trip orientation and learning the history of Jamaica. 12 students: 10 graduates, and 2 undergraduates First-time Both (Public Administration) PA 390 Special Topics Tanzania, Africa 2 Weeks 5 undergraduates 1 Undergraduates (Public Administration) PA 380 or PA 620 Urbanization London and Australia 5 Weeks 19-27 undergraduates or graduates London - 3 Australia – 9 Both Study Abroad Office n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
  • 7. Findings • Course Creation – Reasons for Course Creation – Creation Process – Local Connections in Host Country – Marketing the Course
  • 8. Administration • Administration Issues – Hiring drivers to transport the students and staff – Adapting to the flexible time issue in certain countries – Health issues that occur during the trip • Learning Activities and Assignments – Service-learning
  • 9. Evaluation • Formal Evaluation Mechanisms – Student course evaluation – Study abroad reports • Informal Evaluation Mechanisms – Group discussions – Individual reflections – Debriefings
  • 10. Summary of Best Practices 1. Passion and interest in study abroad country 2. Personal connections and relationships in study abroad country -service-learning component 3. Marketing course to students