Curriculum Development and Academic Design

This Forum promotes excellence in curricular development and academic design by collecting and disseminating information about best practices, by offering conference sessions, and through engaging faculty and education abroad professionals in ongoing dialog about the curricular rationales for education abroad.


The Curriculum Cooperative: Sharing Education Abroad Curricula and Teaching Methods


The Curriculum Cooperative is an online resource center where faculty and administrators from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad. The Cooperative contains education abroad course and program profiles, as well as video and text interviews with faculty and administrators, sample syllabi, and more. Contributions to the Cooperative are indexed by program type, sponsor type, duration, location and other variables. Members seeking inspiration on how to develop and improve their own education abroad curricula and teaching methods will find the Cooperative useful, and those who are eager to share their experience and expertise with colleagues now have an online venue to do so. Contributions will be accepted an on ongoing basis, and updates to the Cooperative will be made continuously.

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Awards for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design


All courses submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative will be considered for the Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design. The first annual award will be presented on November 19, 2013 at the Standards Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad. The award recipients’ expenses for attendance at the Standards Institute will be supported as part of the award. By recognizing the outstanding efforts of our colleagues, the Forum hopes to inspire the education abroad field as a whole to continue to strive for excellence in curriculum development. Submit information about your course to be considered for the 2014 award.


Standards of Good Practice Institute: “Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad”


The Forum held a Standards of Good Practice Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad on November 19th, 2013, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This Standards Institute was dedicated to identifying and understanding an array of approaches to curriculum design and teaching in education abroad, and assisting participants to understand how to develop and improve their own education abroad curricula and enhance disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching. Plenary and concurrent sessions, through a wide variety of practical, hands-on activities, brought together professionals in instructional design, education abroad faculty and administrators and highlight innovative ways in which Standard 3: Academic Framework may be applied to achieve excellence in curriculum design and teaching.