The Embedded Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit has been designed with respect to two primary focus areas, global citizenship and academic development. Specific course objectives have been written for each focus area and are supported by an array of instructional tools that can either be integrated into course syllabi or facilitated as one-time activities. While one will ideally select tools that align with course objectives, the Toolkit has been further categorized by phase of instruction, content thread and learning style.
To further refine and extend the purpose, goals and objectives of embedded programming, the Toolkit has been developed and organized around two primary focus areas: Global Citizenship and Academic Development. Each focus area is sub-divided into interrelated domains with associated course objectives for each. Particular tools supporting each objective have been indicated, keeping in mind that a given tool can work toward multiple objectives.
The two primary focus areas are:
Recognizing that the international travel component can occur at any time during a residential course, tools have been developed and organized around three key phases of instruction: Pre-Departure, In-Country and Post-Study Abroad. It is important to note that particular tools can cross phases or can be revised to appropriately suit a particular phase.
The tools have been developed and organized around five broad-ranging content threads: Communication, Utilization of Technology, Primary & Secondary Research, Experiential Learning, and Culture & Identity. These threads have been chosen for their appropriateness to education abroad programming.
Particular tools can either be integrated into course syllabi or facilitated as one-time activities. It is especially important in education abroad programming to be attentive to the interplay between formal, non-formal and informal learning and to develop and implement programs that respond to different learning situations. For the purposes of the Toolkit, the terms are concisely defined as follows: