Global News

Global News

Tool Objectives:

  1. To identify significant current events in the study abroad destination.
  2. To relate these current events in the study abroad destination to course content.
  3. To reflect on the global context of local events.

Tool Description:

Before studying abroad, students are often expected to learn about the history, culture, politics, society, and economy of the host country. Consuming news from local news sources is one way for students to learn how course content is manifested in the local society, to learn about current events, and to learn how global processes are impacting local events in the host country.

Tool Procedures:

  1. Introduce students to the importance of understanding international news. Facilitate a discussion of one or two current events happening in the region where the class will be traveling that relates to the course content. Provide students with a list of reputable local/regional news sources (i.e., online newspapers, weekly news magazines, etc.). As possible, these sources should be native to the destination, not CNN or NBC. Invite students to add to this list.
  2. Weekly analytical writing assignment. For each week prior to departure, require students to select one news article, write a brief summary (2-3 paragraphs), and provide an analysis that extends a concept or theme relevant to the focus of the course (less than one page).
  3. Weekly presentations. As time allows, invite students to briefly share selected articles and their analytical perspectives with the class. The professor should relate student presentations to course content and frame the discussion toward developing a more informed understanding of the cultural context of the destination. [Option: Create an online discussion forum for students to post weekly writing assignments according to specific content-area threads. Encourage all students to read and respond to each other’s postings. Active participation in the discussion forum could count toward the overall course participation grade.]
  4. Topic-Specific Reflection. Upon return, have students select a particular topic that has emerged from the course content and weekly assignments. Require students to write a 2-3 page reflection paper on what they learned and how this learning has helped to shape their understanding of the study abroad destination.

Optional In-Country Research. Have students narrow their range of topics prior to departure to one or two broad issues. Once on-site, require students to conduct 1-2 interviews with local residents on these issues. The reflection paper should incorporate interview data and their reflections on it.

Tool Evaluation:

Evaluation happens at two stages: 1.) weekly summaries & analysis, and 2.) final reflection paper. Together, the total assignment can count up to 25% of the overall course grade – 15% for weekly assignments and 10% for the reflection paper.

Tool Time Requirement:

Variable time allotted for weekly presentations and class discussion

Tool Author(s):

S. Barnhart, L. Spess & A. Ogden

Tool Handouts [.doc or .docx]:
Global News Handout

Mark Beirn


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​


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.

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Rosa Almoguera


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.