Welcome to the Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit!
Faculty members like you are increasingly interested in embedding global education experiences into courses to leverage the international scope of course content, provide students with real-world learning opportunities, and foster meaningful intellectual and intercultural experiences. Engaged faculty members recognize the need to graduate students with first-hand experience and knowledge of the world beyond our borders. Welcome!
We designed the Gateway Toolkit with instructional tools to be integrated into syllabi or facilitated as one-time activities. Each tool includes learning objectives, assessment, necessary materials, a student handout, and a brief description of the task. We invite you to adapt selected tools to align with your course objectives and your program’s international context. We also provide scales to measure global citizenship and academic development. Further categories include phases of instruction, content thread, and learning style.
We prepared these tools for embedded education abroad programming, but 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 evaluation method, which may also need to be revised accordingly.
This toolkit is 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 complements university administrative and logistical services by offering a portfolio of tested and applicable instructional strategies that optimize academic learning and global citizenship. The authors of this toolkit first published the tools through the University of Kentucky.
This faculty toolkit is the first of its kind and is a much-needed supplementary resource for faculty members planning embedded education abroad programs. This faculty toolkit is a living document, and we will expand it through ongoing faculty development and research. Would you please suggest any additional tools for this site?