Faculty members are increasingly interested in embedding international education experiences into their otherwise residential courses so as to leverage the international scope of the course content, to provide students with real-world learning opportunities, and to foster meaningful intellectual and intercultural experiences for their students. Engaged faculty members recognize the need to graduate students who have first-hand experience and knowledge of the world beyond one’s national borders.
The Embedded Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit has been developed to offer faculty members an array of pedagogically-sound instructional activities that can be integrated in embedded, education abroad courses, or more specifically, those undergraduate courses that include a brief experience abroad as a minor component of a course. This generally includes short-term, faculty-led programs for which an international excursion is supplemental or embedded within an otherwise residential course. Embedded education abroad programs are believed to be an effective way to further internationalize the curriculum and to provide students with academically engaging and culturally enriching, international experiences.
Developed as part of a Teaching Support Grant through the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and co-sponsored by the University Office of Global Programs at The Pennsylvania State University, the Toolkit is to be used primarily by faculty members to aid in the development and implementation of education abroad courses. The toolkit complements university administrative and logistical services by offering a portfolio of tested and applicable instructional strategies that leverage the embedded international travel component of these courses to optimize academic learning and the development of global citizenship.
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.
Each tool is explained in a one-page document that provides a brief description of the tool, noting its objectives, materials needed, and recommended method of evaluation. Faculty members are invited to adapt selected tools to more closely align with course objectives and the context of the international travel component. Each tool is supported with a student handout and/or related instructional documents. While these documents have been prepared to be used for embedded education abroad programming, they can be easily adapted to suit the needs and goals of most any education abroad program. Note that these documents provide a brief explanation of the method of evaluation, which may also need to be revised accordingly.
The faculty toolkit is the first of its kind and aims to provide a much needed resource for faculty members planning embedded education abroad programs. Over time, this toolkit will be updated and expanded through on-going faculty development and research. We hope you find this Embedded Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit helpful.
Duarte Morais, Ph.D.
Associate Professor North Carolina State University
Department Of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Box 8004, Biltmore Hall, Raleigh - NC 27695
Phone: 919-515-3663 Fax: 919-515-3687
Anthony C. Ogden, Ph.D.
Director, Education Abroad
University of Kentucky Office of International Affairs
304 Bradley Hall Lexington, KY 40506-0058
Tel: 859.323.2136 Fax: 859.323.1026
Christine Buzinde, Ph.D.
The Pennsylvania State University Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
801A Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University University Park PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-9773 Fax: 814-867-1751