The D.I.E. Model for Enhancing Cross-Cultural Learning in Study Abroad

By Dan Paracka, Director of Education Abroad, Kennesaw State University Promoting successful cross-cultural learning among students is a never-ending challenge for responsible study abroad leaders. One of the most valuable and popular tools is the D.I.E. model, which stands for describe, interpret and evaluate. [1] D.I.E. model DESCRIBE: Study abroad students are encouraged to describe in detail what they are experiencing, without judging and without jumping to conclusions about their...
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Internationalization (Something like Ratatouille): Internationalizing Campuses through Global-Minded Faculty

by Wendy Williamson, Director of Study Abroad, Eastern Illinois University Ratatouille is a traditional French dish made with stewed vegetables. It is usually a side dish, but can also be a meal of its own (accompanied by bread or rice). If you’re a ratatouille connoisseur, or maybe you just tried to find a recipe like I did (after watching the movie), then you know there’s no one way to make it. In fact, there are lots of recipes for the same dish, which all look and taste a little diffe...
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Chronicle covers how Colleges Coach Professors to Lead Study Abroad

Faculty-led study-abroad programs are indeed booming! While a great option for cash- and time-strapped students, these study abroad programs are not without their challenges. Preparing academics to manage the logistics of foreign travel as well as ensuring that the programs fit into the overall academic plan can be daunting, at first, but far from impossible with a carefully executed plan. Learn how Murray State and other universities have handled these challenges, by instituting a mandat...
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Developing Globally Engaged Faculty Through Recognition or Reward?

by Wendy Williamson, Director of Study Abroad, Eastern Illinois University Next week, I will be presenting with three other colleagues at the AIEA Conference, in Washington DC. The title of our presentation is Internationalize your Institution through Faculty (currently scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5:00pm). Three colleagues and I, representing four different institutions, will be sharing a collection of priceless ideas and strategies for internationalizing higher education with facul...
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