The Forum Curriculum Cooperative
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Forum’s Curriculum Cooperative
site. The Curriculum Cooperative is an online resource center where faculty and administrators from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to student learning abroad. The Cooperative contains education abroad course and program profiles, video and text interviews with faculty and administrators, sample syllabi, and more. Contributions to the Cooperative are indexed by program type, sponsor type, duration, location and other variables. Members seeking inspiration on how to develop and improve their own education abroad curricula and teaching methods will find the Cooperative useful, and those who are eager to share their experience and expertise with colleagues now have an online venue to do so.
Visit the Curriculum Cooperative
homepage to view course and program profiles, listen to advice from experts in the field, and to find out how to share information about your own approaches to curriculum design and teaching abroad.
Sincere thanks to all who have already contributed program and course profiles!
Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design
submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative will be considered for the Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design. The recipient(s) will be announced on November 19, 2013 at the Standards Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad
. The award recipients’ expenses for attendance at the Standards Institute will be supported as part of the award. By recognizing the outstanding efforts of our colleagues, the Forum hopes to inspire the education abroad field as a whole to continue to strive for excellence in curriculum development. Submit information about your course
before June 1, 2013 if you would like to be considered for the 2013 award.
Call for Proposals: Standards Institute on “Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad”
The Forum on Education Abroad announces a call for session proposals
for its first Standards of Good Practice Institute on “Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad.” This Institute will be held at the University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, on November 19, 2013.
This Standards Institute is dedicated to identifying and understanding an array of approaches to curriculum design and teaching in education abroad, and assisting participants to understand how to develop and improve their own education abroad curricula and enhance disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching. Plenary and concurrent sessions will bring together professionals in instructional design, education abroad faculty and administrators and highlight innovative ways in which Standard 3: Academic Framework
may be applied to achieve excellence in curriculum design and teaching.
The goals of the Institute are to:
Deepen knowledge and understanding of Standard 3: Academic Framework of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad;
Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet this Standard by analyzing what the Standard requires and sharing examples of best practices;
Explore pedagogical approaches from within as well as beyond the field of education abroad;
Evaluate and enhance the academic aspects of participants’ education abroad programs for the benefit of all involved with or impacted by them.
Proposals must be submitted by June 1, 2013
. For more information, and to submit a proposal, click here
Register for the Standards of Good Practice Institute on Health and Safety
Registration is now open for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,”
held at the University of California, Santa Barbara
on June 20, 2013.
This year’s Institute promises new presenters and new topics for consideration by those concerned with issues of health, safety, security and risk management specific to education abroad. As in previous years, the Institute offers practical strategies and resources at an advanced level, and many of these sessions will be provided by experts in other fields. More details and a description of the sessions can be found here
Upcoming Forum Workshop in Austin, Texas
The Forum will host a full-day Forum workshop, Code of Ethics and Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
, on Wednesday, May 8th in Austin, Texas. Hosted by Academic Programs International (API)
, this workshop is designed to assist participants in understanding and applying the Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad
, by using the Standards of Good Practice for Short Term Education Abroad Programs
along with the Code
to focus specifically on issues surrounding ethics and integrity. It will include interactive exercises during which participants will explore the importance of managing stakeholder expectations, discuss different aspects of handling common ethical concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice
and the Code of Ethics
support program development, management and assessment. Professionals who may benefit from attending this workshop include education abroad staff members, education abroad advisors, faculty program leaders, department chairs, and colleagues who manage campus internship programs and volunteer offices.
for more details, or register now
. Registration is limited.
Workshop on Standard 7 in Florence, Italy
On May 9th, the Forum on Education Abroad will deliver a workshop on Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources
in Florence, Italy. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Human Resources and Capital Development in Education Abroad
conference co-hosted by Syracuse University in Florence
and Gonzaga University in Florence
. President and CEO of the Forum, Brian Whalen, will facilitate the workshop and provide a review of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
, focusing on Standard 7. Using case studies and the latest data collected by the Forum’s 2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey, participants will examine current institutional practices in assessing and managing resources. Professionals who may benefit from attending this workshop include resident directors and on-site staff, education abroad coordinators and directors, education abroad advisors, and faculty who lead programs.
for more details on this workshop, or register now
Host Site for 2014 European Conference – Request for Proposals
The Forum on Education Abroad welcomes its member institutions/organizations to submit a proposal
to serve as host of its 2014 European Conference
. The Forum plans to conduct its second European conference in October 2014 for an expected 400-500 participants. The conference will be a one and a half day event with an in-depth focus on and exploration of a theme that will be selected by the Forum’s European conference committee. Successful proposals will describe how the institution/organization can successfully meet the host requirements.
Find the RFP form and further details here
NEW: The Forum Internship Connection
The Forum Internship Connection
was created to connect education abroad offices and organizations seeking interns with students and recent graduates seeking internships. This subgroup is an online venue for Forum member institutions and organizations to post information on internship opportunities in the education abroad field. It is also a place for students and recent graduates to learn of current internship opportunities in the field and to connect with potential employers.
Students from any institution are welcome to join; however, the use of this group to recruit interns is restricted to staff from Forum member institutions.
Last Call for Comments on Draft Guidelines
The Forum Standards Committee has made available for public review drafts of three new sets of guidelines. The Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad
address a growing interest in global health programs and have been created to support sending institutions and hosts that serve students who are involved in experiential learning in health-related settings outside the United States. Guidelines for Language Learning Abroad
focus on foreign language programming in the education abroad context. Guidelines for Undergraduate Research Abroad
address the specific considerations raised when undergraduates conduct research abroad, including the relationship of the IRB to research abroad. Each of these documents is an example of how the Standards Committee working groups draw on professional organizations in content-related fields for their expertise. The Forum thanks the members of the Working Groups
for the considerable time and effort invested in producing these valuable guidelines.
The Forum invites anyone with expertise on or interest in these draft guidelines
to review them and submit comments and suggestions to email@example.com
Last Call for Annual Conference Evaluations
The Forum would like to remind all attendees of the Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago to complete the online conference evaluation
if you have not already done so! The evaluations for Thursday’s sessions
and Friday’s sessions
are also still open. Feedback from participants is very much appreciated and will be used to refine and improve the content and presentation of future Forum conferences and events.
*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Spanish Studies Abroad's program in Seville, Spain.