Proposal Title

Go Away! How Our Students Learn from Their International Study Abroad Experiences

Proposal Abstract

Every semester, students return from their study abroad trip only to say that this experience has “changed their lives”. But what does this mean exactly? Depending on the study abroad experience, this perceived “change” would vary from program to program, yielding different types of experiences causing different types of learning to take place and ultimately resulting in different types of outcomes (Vande Berg, 1999). For the purpose of this report, I shall discuss how researchers are measuring these SLOs and how they are describing these profound “changes”. I invite the audience to join in a fun and interactive activity in which they step in the researcher's shoes to measure learning outcomes. We will also identify key elements used to assess study abroad programming, as well as provide research findings of the intercultural learning outcomes and global competency of our abroad as well as at home / on campus students.

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Room 2904

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 13th, 9:00 AM Mar 13th, 9:45 AM

Go Away! How Our Students Learn from Their International Study Abroad Experiences

Room 2904

Every semester, students return from their study abroad trip only to say that this experience has “changed their lives”. But what does this mean exactly? Depending on the study abroad experience, this perceived “change” would vary from program to program, yielding different types of experiences causing different types of learning to take place and ultimately resulting in different types of outcomes (Vande Berg, 1999). For the purpose of this report, I shall discuss how researchers are measuring these SLOs and how they are describing these profound “changes”. I invite the audience to join in a fun and interactive activity in which they step in the researcher's shoes to measure learning outcomes. We will also identify key elements used to assess study abroad programming, as well as provide research findings of the intercultural learning outcomes and global competency of our abroad as well as at home / on campus students.