Call for Participants: The Forum-New York Times in Education Digital Resource Center
Is your institution or organization interested in participating in a groundbreaking project to develop a one-of-a-kind education abroad resource? The Forum is now accepting applications from its member institutions to develop the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center. Institutions/organizations chosen for this project will be able to assign selected faculty and staff full access to the unparalleled resources of NYTimes.com during the 2014-15 academic year. The full range of The New York Times resources will be made available: news, opinion and analysis in all content areas, searchable according to a program’s location and discipline, and in various media. Users will be able to draw on a wide range of material in the development of their courses and programs, including daily news briefs; political analysis and editorials on contemporary issues; book, film, art, and music reviews; and food and travel resources.
Participants in the project will share their experiences in applying these materials, which will aid in the development of the Digital Resource Center, which is expected to provide a user-friendly interface for faculty, staff and students with customized guidance on how to use The New York Times for education abroad as well as best practice examples of how to apply these resources to advance student learning during pre-departure, on-site and re-entry education abroad programming.
For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.forumea.org/NYTimes.cfm
Draft of Revised Standards Available for Member Comment
The Standards Committee is pleased to make available exclusively to members the draft of the revised Forum Standards of Good Practice for Education
Abroad for review and comment. Over the past 10 years, The Forum has been accumulating input from its members on content areas to be addressed by Standards
, and this newest draft aims to continue to capture and reflect that content in a more concise and accessible format.
All institutional representatives have received an email with more information, and the draft is now available in the Standards Toolbox
. Please submit comments and suggestions to email@example.com
by September 15.
Network with European Colleagues!
Take advantage of the many opportunities for networking at The Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona: receptions, luncheons and coffee breaks, as well as ample time in the evenings to convene with colleagues. Conference sessions will also feature The Forum’s signature format of collegial dialogue and lively exchange of ideas through attendee participation.
The conference, “What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe,” will be held October 23-25, 2014, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Early-bird registration pricing is available through September 15. Register
Forum Workshop at Wheaton College (IL): Overview of the Standards
Are your education abroad programs and practices in line with The Standards of Good Practice
? Find out by participating in the Forum’s half-day workshop
, Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
, on Thursday, September 4, at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Participants will use the Standards as a guide in examining their own institutions’ capabilities and in determining how to ensure quality in areas such as academic programming, student conduct, resources, personnel, policies and procedures.
Forum Workshops at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Looking for ways to assess your health and safety protocols? Wrestling with how to bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience? On Wednesday, September 17, The Forum will deliver two half-day workshops at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to address these concerns. The first workshop will focus on Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
. In the afternoon, the second workshop will address Standards 2 and 3: Academic Framework, Student Learning and Development
Register for both workshops and receive a $50 discount off the total cost. Early-bird registration ends tomorrow, August 15. Click here
Forum Workshop at Augsburg College: Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX
The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop
, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad,
on Monday, September 29 at Augsburg College. Co-sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), this workshop will address implications for education abroad as a result of recent federal activity: the Violence Against Women Act; Title IX and the revision to the Handbook for the Clery Act.
Take advantage of early-bird pricing and register
by September 1
Apply to Be a Forum Trained Facilitator
The Forum invites experienced colleagues to apply to become a member of The Forum Trained Facilitator Team that delivers the Standards of Good Practice
workshops. These workshops are a primary way that the field’s Standards of Good Practice
are disseminated as part of The Forum’s mission as the Standards Development Organization for Education Abroad. Many of the workshops also form the basis of the new Professional Certification program. As part of their training, facilitators are expected to become certified by completing the Professional Certification program. Becoming a Forum Trained Facilitator is an important way to give back to the field, as well as to advance your own professional development. Facilitators are chosen based on their education abroad experience and skills, and their demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Standards of Good Practice
For more information, and to apply, visit www.forumea.org/trainedfacilitatorteam.cfm
Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Call for Course Submissions
The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design
honors an individual or group of individuals at a Forum member institution or organization for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. All courses submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative by September 15, 2014 will be considered for award. View the award criteria here
, and please share with any colleagues who may be eligible.
The Curriculum Cooperative
is an online resource center where colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad. The Cooperative contains education abroad course and program profiles, as well as video and text interviews with faculty and administrators, sample syllabi, and more.
Annual Membership Dues
All members should have received invoices for payment of 2014-15 membership dues. The deadline for payment is August 29. Questions? Contact Michael Landis, Associate Director of Finance, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 717-245-1031.
This issue's banner photo is courtesy of Forum member, Academic Programs International (API).