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Drivers of Global Learning Experiences

Drivers of Global Learning Experiences

Drivers of Global Learning Experiences

Oklahoma State University is using cutting-edge, interactive technology to increase accessibility to study abroad.

Director of the Center for Global Learning, Jeff Simpson, used the pandemic to explore innovative ways to provide students with high-impact global learning experiences. Expanding beyond online pre-departure orientations, OSU turned to the Study Abroad Association (SAA), a partner study abroad provider, to create custom virtual learning content to immerse students in a location prior to studying abroad. The interactive content on SAA’s 360 GLE™ platform allows students to explore host locations in greater depth prior to departure.

Many OSU students are first-generation college students. This virtual content had the added benefit of involving families in learning what the study abroad experience would be like and opening pathways to family conversations about the value of the study abroad experience.

While OSU had been working with interactive content since 2019, wider applications of the tool became apparent with the travel restrictions put in place during 2020 due to COVID-19. What started out as content for a single OSU course became a more widely used curriculum strategy to allow students to have a global learning experience without leaving home. As study abroad programs transition back to in-person participation, OSU discovered that incorporating pre-departure virtual learning modules as part of required, credit-bearing study abroad coursework provided a critical learning tool to prepare students for their first experience abroad. While on the program, students expressed excitement at seeing locations in person that they had previously explored virtually. Students also reflected on the virtual content in their journals. According to Simpson, “What I thought would be a neat add-on proved to be a key curriculum tool for student learning.”

OSU recognizes that experience abroad is a key part of its students’ future success. We see the university’s expanding implementation of innovative virtual learning tools, like SAA’s 360 GLE platform, as a unique and inclusive solution to bring global experiences and greater cultural understanding to a new generation of students. 

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Mark Beirn

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An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development

 

Stephen Appiah-Padi​

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Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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Rosa Almoguera

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Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.
 

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training

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