The Global Learning Launchpad:

A learning community for short-term faculty-led program leaders


The Global Learning Launchpad (GLL) is a new program sponsored by The Forum on Education Abroad to encourage faculty engagement and professional development. The program targets enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in faculty-led short-term study abroad programs and to nurture faculty in their growth as educators, professionals and scholarly practitioners.

GLL participants meet monthly in one of two cohorts over the Spring 2023, providing a space for educators to bring their full selves, to inquire into their educational practices in a community setting and to stretch themselves as educators and scholarly practitioners.

Important Dates: 

  • Application Window: October 1 – November 14, 2022 
  • Cohort Selection Notification Sent: December 6, 2022 


Contact Mary Price, Director of Teaching and Learning, 

Program Goals & Objectives

The Global Learning Launchpad aims to: 

  • Improve the quality of teaching and learning in faculty-led short-term programs using evidence-based practices and the Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad;
  • Support the development of short-term programs that minimize distinctions between what constitutes “academic” learning and other domains of significant learning (e.g., civic, intercultural, global, civic, professional, etc.);
  • Improve the design and use of critical reflection in short-term programs as an engine for dialogue, mutual learning, and developmental relationships;
  • Cultivate a community of educators and practitioner-scholars committed to:
    • examining the value-laden elements of their teaching and learning practices, and
    • working together to create learning experiences that are culturally responsive, developmentally appropriate and equity centered.
Program Structure & Cohorts

The GLL is organized as a faculty/professional learning community. For Spring 2023, There will be two cohorts for applicants to choose from enabling participants to have a balance of flexibility, structure and accountability to achieve their teaching and learning goals. Each cohort is limited to a maximum enrollment of 15 participants. 

  • Virtual Cohort – All monthly meetings are held synchronously online.  
  • Hybrid Cohort – Four of the five monthly meetings will be held synchronously online.  The March 2023 meeting will consist of a full day onsite community meeting, networking and supplementary learning opportunities provided during The Forum’s Annual Conference in Seattle. Note: Attendance at the Annual meeting in Seattle is a requirement for inclusion in the hybrid cohort. 

Common Elements

In both, learning community meetings will be complemented by asynchronous, self-directed learning modules, assignments and peer coaching that support participants in developing/revising key materials in their course/program as well as documenting their teaching 

Examples include: 

    • Short term study program design  
    • Program/Course syllabus including refined academic, program and global learning goals and objectives 
    • Critical reflection strategy to guide the full course/program (before, during and after) including a sample reflection assigment, facilitation plan and assessment plan
    • Signature assessment 
    • Assessment/Evaluation Plan 
    • Teaching Philosophy/Impact Statement

Application and Eligibility
  • Intended Audience(s): novice or seasoned educators leading faculty-led short-term study abroad programs.  
  • This program requires an application. Applications received will be reviewed for alignment between the individual goals, those of the program, as well as The Forum’s strategic priorities.  

Ideal applicants will: 

  • Have already been actively working with their international office to develop their new course/program or have already taught their course/program at least once.    
  • Have a teaching and learning question(s) that they are curious about, are committed to address and would working through their questions in a community environment.  
  • Commit to attend and be an active participant in all the monthly meetings.  

Additional considerations: 

This program is intended to focus specifically on enhancing instructional design and facilitation, curriculum development, and learning outcomes in education abroad programs; while participants will have access to peer coaching support in relation to other facets of the program director role during the Launchpad program, the program administrator role is not the primary focus of this program. Rather, we will engage with the Standards of Good Practice in Short Term Programs and related Guidelines as springboards to improve teaching and learning across all phases of a short-term program. 

The Forum has other learning opportunities and workshops to aid program directors in developing expertise in all areas of program administration and leadership as outlined in the Standards of Good Practice. For those seeking to a deep dive into these areas, check out other upcoming learning opportunities. 

Questions? Contact Mary Price,

Program Costs and Scholarships

Hybrid Cohort 

  • $1500
Individuals from Forum Network Institutions
  • $2000
Individuals from institutions outside the Forum Network
Note: Price includes Annual Conference Registration

Virtual Cohort 

  • $950
Individuals from Forum Network Institutions 
  • $1250
Individuals from institutions outside the Forum Network

Not sure if your institution is a member of The Forum? Many are. Check here. 

ScholarshipsA limited number of scholarships are available.  

  • Virtual Cohort 
– 4 scholarships available @ $500 per person 
  • Hybrid Cohort 
– 4 scholarships available @ $750 per person 

More information coming soon.

Program Schedule

The working schedule for the two cohorts is listed below.

Global Learning Launchpad
VIRTUAL Cohort Meeting Schedule
Spring 2023

Date Session Time
Friday, January 13, 2023 Session 1 9:00 – 11:30 am EST/UTC-5:00
Friday, February 17, 2023 Session 2 9:00 – 11:00 am EST/UTC-5:00
Friday, March 31, 2023 Session 3 9:00 – 11:30 am EST/UTC-5:00
Friday, April 21, 2023 Session 4 9:00 – 11:00 am EST/UTC-5:00
Friday, May 12, 2023 Session 5: Cohort Showcase 9:00 – 11:30 am EST/UTC-5:00

Global Learning Launchpad
HYBRID Meeting Schedule
Spring 2023

Date Session Time
Thursday, January 12, 2023 Session 1 2:00 – 4:30 pm EST/UTC-5:00
Thursday, February, 16, 2023 Session 2 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST/UTC-5:00

Tuesday, March 21, 2023  Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Session 3 Full day onsite at Annual Conference – details to follow
Thursday, April 20, 2023 Session 4 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST/UTC-5:00
Thursday, May 11, 2023 Session 5: Cohort Showcase 2:00 – 4:30 pm EST/UTC-5:00





Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to be at a Forum member institution to be accepted into one of the cohorts?
    • Answer: No, this program is open to individuals outside the Forum Network
  • When does the application window open?
    • Answer: The application window opens on October 1st and closes on November 14th