This page contains links to a range of posts on this blog I wrote since beginning to lead study abroad programs. The posts are aimed at faculty and inidviduals interested in the faculty experience. You will notice I do not talk about or name specific students. My comments are limited to my experience including my working partnerships with my teaching assistant, UIC Study Abroad office colleagues and overseas partners.
My posts try to convey the objectives and processes I used before and during the program. The purpose of this page is to share ideas and ways for reader’s to use my experiences and insights for their own benefit for their future study abroad programs.
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I feel course design is to learning in a study abroad experience what oxygen is to the body. I find completing the course design and delivery process during the study abroad program quite different from the regular automated stops on route to the end of the day which...read more
That is the question! Okay, it might not be the most important question that you will ask yourself, but it should be one you ought to ask yourself. When I first decided to take a teaching assistant with me to Dublin and then to Spain professors, colleagues and...read more
Often in higher education I find myself like a solo perfomer. Most teaching experiences have been quite solitary without much collaboration, team work, community and communication with peers. I expend a lot of energy learning and working to be a better educator. but...read more
Sometimes I am asked and told by colleagues something like this "What can your students possibly learn in six weeks?...That's no time at all to learn anything." Really? Six weeks is a short time, but when I think of it, the most intense memories we learned from...read more
I planned for Memorial Day weekend to follow our Chicago content and photography skills orientation and the start of the program six days later. I imagined students might want the Memorial Weekend rememberance holiday with their families. It turned out most students...read more
I was delighted with the diversity of student interests, training and desire to participate in this study abroad program. However the diversity of the course of 18 students posed several intellectual challenges to my teaching. I asked myself these three questions....read more
As an educator I take my professional development seriously. I feel like many individuals that learning is a daily thing and becomes a lifelong commitment to growth. I made a commitment several years ago to take 5-10 days every year to develop myself professionally....read more
I am frequently asked by faculty at my own institution and others about study abroad. They often question me about the benefits and value of the program and tell me how much they would like to travel. I typically reply with an invitation to lead a program and I offer...read more