Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Forum’s 14th Annual Conference
Pre-Conference Workshops: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Bradley Rink (University of the Western Cape); Jonathan Sylvia (Dartmouth College)
The Forum’s Standards provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming – academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel and policies and procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies and issues of interest to participants. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.
Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
Paige Butler (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)
This workshop provides the training to align your organization’s policies with the available resources, according to best practices as articulated in Standards 6 and 7. Through discussion and analysis of specific case studies, participants will explore how these two Standards can assist an organization in attaining more effective use of resources through the proper implementation of policies. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)
Brian Brubaker (The Pennsylvania State University)
This Standards of Good Practice Workshop, with a focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.
Pre-Conference Workshops: 1-5 p.m.
Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & the Code of Ethics)
David Shallenberger (School for International Training)
This workshop focuses on Mission, Ethics, and the Code of Ethics for Education Abroad. Participants will discuss the importance of mission and ethics in the field, and will delve deeply into the Code of Ethics by understanding its history and application through a variety of case studies. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.
Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
Kline Harrison (Wake Forest University)
Wrestling with how to bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience? This workshop focuses on Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework for Education Abroad and will help you to identify the resources and design programming to assist in this effort. Through simulations involving specific examples, participants will address critical issues often introduced by colleagues in higher education who are unfamiliar with the importance of tying these two areas together in education abroad. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)
Tynelle Stewart (University of Rochester); Mandy Brookins Blinn (DePauw Unviersity)
With a focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support this workshop will help participants identify resources and design programming in these areas. Topics include a comprehensive judicial screening process, different preparation and returning support models and developing strategies to improve existing practices in participants’ specific contexts. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.