Last Chance! Register for the Tenth Annual Conference Before Late Fees Apply
This is your last chance to take advantage of reduced registration pricing for the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference
! The regular registration period will end tomorrow, March 7
, after which late registration fees will apply. “New and Emerging Paradigms in Education Abroad,” will be held in San Diego, CA, April 2-4, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Register now
Spotlight on Pre-Conference Workshops
The pre-conference schedule includes full and half-day workshops focusing on a variety of topics, as well as Forum workshops that count towards the new Professional Certification
program. These workshops will be offered on Wednesday, April 2, prior to the start of the Annual Conference and each one requires a separate registration fee.
The Writer Abroad
Facilitated by Larry Myers, Peter Chilson, Joanne Mulcahy and Michael Woolf (Full-Day Workshop)
Writing is an indispensable companion and guide to cross-cultural understanding. We write to discover what we think as well as to record experience. In this workshop, we’ll follow the path an overseas student might: pre-departure exploration of one’s own culture, writing and participant-observation on-site, and revision upon return home.
Standards of Good Practice: Focus on Standard 1 (Mission), Standard 9 (Ethics) and the Code of Ethics
Facilitated by Kim Kreutzer (Afternoon Workshop)
Are you wondering how to align your resources with your mission? Have you considered how the Forum Code of Ethics applies to what you do every day in your position? This workshop focuses on Mission, Ethics, and The Code of Ethics for Education Abroad, to assist education abroad professionals in connecting these Standards. Participants will discuss the importance of mission and ethics in the field, and will delve deeply into The Code of Ethics by understanding its history and application through a variety of case studies. This workshop counts toward Forum Certification.
to view the full list of pre-conference workshop offerings.
Spotlight on Conference Sessions
How Far Are We Prepared to Go? : Implementing a Constructivist Paradigm
Facilitated by Milton J. Bennett and Lilli Engle, Thursday, April 3 (8:45 – 10 a.m.)
Recent research and technology have supported and enabled “new paradigm” approaches to education abroad, yet real-life practices that reflect and sustain the new approaches are slow in coming. This session examines the limits and the potential of three conceptual paradigms and discusses how to make program design more coherent and consistent with desired learning outcomes.
Living and Learning Communities: A New Paradigm for Studying Abroad
Facilitated by Anette Frederiksen, Emily Childers Brocks, Nancy L. Kelley and Tara Cantwell, Thursday, April 3 (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
This panel introduces a paradigm, well-known in America, but scarce in study abroad: Living and Learning Communities. Using interactive and audio-visual techniques, we will share this model and demonstrate, via qualitative and quantitative assessment, how this housing option enhances students’ ties to the local community and enriches their intercultural skills.
to view the full list of conference session offerings.
Forum Workshop at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana
The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,
on March 27 at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. This workshop is designed for colleagues who are looking for ways to assess health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including the Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how Standard 8 works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying three different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field. Click here
The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program
Applications for the Forum’s Professional Certification program are starting to roll in! Information on program eligibility and the application process can be found at www.forumea.org/CertifApplication.cfm
. The next informational webinar on the Professional Certification program will be offered on Friday, March 7 at 12 noon (EST). Click here
to participate in this webinar!
Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor
The Forum seeks experienced professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad
program. Forum Certification Assessors will be rigorously trained to review and evaluate Standards Assignments submitted by program participants. Qualified applicants will be experienced colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations who have consistently demonstrated their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
about eligibility, training, duties, and the application process. Applications to become part of the first cohort of assessors are due by April 15.
*Photo credit: This issue's photo is from Dickinson College.