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Outside of Our Comfort Zones: Faculty Identity and Pedagogy in the Global Classroom


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Like the intrepid students who study somewhere other than their home countries, faculty should challenge themselves to step outside of their comfort zones. During this session, you'll learn how to define your identity as a global teacher and how to experiment with pedagogies that facilitate learning for a variety of students. Panelists will share highlights from a workshop they co-facilitated in the Czech Republic for teachers from across Europe who work with U.S. study abroad students. In addition, they'll lead participants in a discussion about experiences teaching abroad or instructing diverse learners on home campuses, as well as an interactive teaching exercise.

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Outside of Our Comfort Zones: Faculty Identity and Pedagogy in the Global Classroom

  1. 1. Outside of Our Comfort Zones Faculty Identity and Pedagogy in the Global Classroom
  2. 2. Facilitators Christian Bracho, Ph.D. Professorial Lecturer School of Education - American University Alexandra Wood, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs CIEE Study Abroad
  3. 3. Ice-Breaker In small groups, you will rotate around the room to review 3 different statements about teaching practices. With your group, please discuss: - What is the statement saying? - Do you agree or disagree with the statement? - What are the challenges that accompany this approach?
  4. 4. Ice-Breaker Carousel Activity ● Activates prior knowledge and sparks critical thinking ● Can be used as an opener or mid-class activity ● Allows for chunking of text for close reading ● Engages multiple learning modalities -- group discussion, movement around the room, etc. ● Can be modified to incorporate posters -- Gallery Walk
  5. 5. Session Overview ✓ Ice-Breaker ● Case Study - Prague Teaching Workshop ● Activity ● Debrief ● Resources
  6. 6. Prague Teaching Workshop ● Purpose & Planning ● Participants ● Agenda ● Reactions & Feedback ● Follow-Up
  7. 7. Purpose ● Use data from CIEE Student Program Evaluations to inform an innovative and proactive strategy for supporting faculty ● Offer a professional development opportunity for faculty from CIEE Prague and other CIEE locations in Northern Europe ● Encourage faculty to interrogate their identities as global educators and to experiment with active learning
  8. 8. Planning ● Brainstormed with Center Director, Academic Director, and Regional Director of Operations ● Refined agenda to focus on: ○ Experimenting with active learning strategies ○ Working with Millennials & Generation Z students ○ Modeling of teaching practices ● Finalized agenda and built module on Canvas LMS, including pre-workshop assignments
  9. 9. CIEE Location # Faculty Amsterdam 4 Berlin 2 Budapest 2 London 1 Paris 3 Prague 27 Rome 1 40 ● Anthropology ● Architecture ● Art History ● Communications ● Creative Writing ● Economics ● Film Studies ● Gender & Sexuality Studies ● History ● Intercultural Communication ● Language ● Literature ● Political Science ● Psychology
  10. 10. Reactions & Feedback ● Daily “exit tickets” ● Comments made during workshop discussions and to facilitators ● Post-workshop online survey ● Debrief with CIEE academic staff and co-facilitators
  11. 11. For junior teachers like me, the workshop helped me to realize how much there is to learn about effective teaching. The workshop focused on concrete tools through activities in which participants engaged. There was a bit of theory, but how this translated into practice was the most important part. “Wait time” is an important, although simple, concept. We need to address the reality that most professors do not have any pedagogical training. How to even start to train them; how to expect excellence from them? This is an issue of professors being open to this training, but also their ability, even with training, to implement these teaching methods. It would have been good to have more time for the mock teaching. Participants could have been asked to bring in materials or a lesson plan to then revise. The connections made both within disciplines and cross disciplines and also internationally were great.
  12. 12. Post-Workshop Follow-Up
  13. 13. Session Overview ✓ Ice-Breaker ✓ Case Study - Prague Teaching Workshop ● Activity ● Debrief ● Resources
  14. 14. Think about the graphs you are seeing from the Pew Report on Millennials in Adulthood. Write for 2 minutes about how this data might be useful to have in mind when designing instruction in college settings abroad. Pair up with a partner and share your thoughts. Split the time so that each has time to speak and listen. Share with the whole group. Activity
  15. 15. Activity THINK-WRITE-PAIR-SHARE ● Scaffolding of cognitive tasks ● Rehearsal of academic language and concepts ● Productive tasks (writing/ speaking) ● Receptive tasks (reading & observing/ listening)
  16. 16. Session Overview ✓ Ice-Breaker ✓ Case Study - Prague Teaching Workshop ✓ Activity ● Debrief ● Resources
  17. 17. Debrief ● What are the key takeaways from the Prague Teaching Workshop? ● What opportunities and challenges do active learning strategies present in the study abroad context? ● How does teaching international students and diverse learners impact one’s identity as faculty?
  18. 18. Resources ● Active Learning Tips ● Action Verbs ● Aligning Assessments with Objectives ● Educational Value of Course-Level Learning Objectives ● Effective Classroom Discussions ● Generation Z Goes to College ● Global Learning Objectives ● In-Class Case Studies ● Millennials in Adulthood ● Pedagogy, Practice, and Teaching Innovation ● Rubrics ● The Teacher as Expert, Formal Authority, Personal Model, Facilitator, and Delegator
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