Education Abroad in the University of Kentucky International Center has developed a new online “toolkit” for faculty members who are interested in embedding international education experiences into their otherwise residential courses: www.uky.edu/toolkit.
The development of this tool underscores that UK’s Education Abroad office is doing more than just connecting students with existing programs. The team is actively partnering with faculty to advance the quality of UK’s academic programming abroad. Thus the toolkit fills an important role, and has the potential to become a key resource for Education Abroad offices and faculty nationwide.
Each tool is explained in a one-page document that provides a brief description of its objectives, required materials and recommended method of evaluation. Faculty members are invited to adapt selected tools to align with their course objectives. While these tools have been prepared for embedded education abroad programming, they are easily adapted to suit the needs and goals of any education abroad program.
“The development of this tool shows that our Education Abroad office is doing much more than just connecting students with existing programs. Our team is actually partnering with faculty to advance the quality of academic programming abroad,” says Susan Carvalho, associate provost for international programs. “This toolkit fills a very important role and has the potential to become an important resource for Education Abroad offices and faculty nationwide.”
The toolkit will be updated and expanded through the on-going development and input of faculty. Please explore the toolkit and share any suggestions or insights with Anthony Ogden, director of education abroad: firstname.lastname@example.org.