Integrating Global Learning with the University Experience
Elon University is pleased to announce the 2015-2017 Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) Research Seminar on Integrating Global Learning with the University Experience: Higher-Impact Study Abroad and Off-Campus Domestic Study. This three-summer research seminar facilitates multi-institutional research on study abroad and off-campus domestic study as integrated global learning practices. We invite interested scholars and practitioners, regardless of discipline, to apply to join a multi-institutional cohort of researchers collaborating to investigate evidence-based, high-quality study abroad and off-campus domestic study.
The Center’s research seminars support multi-institutional research on focused engaged learning topics. The seminars invite applications from scholars at higher education institutions around the world for 24 to 40 participant spots, and accepted participants collaborate over two academic years, with three summer meetings. CEL research seminars have significant impacts on engaged learning scholarship related to the seminar topics.
The 2015-2017 CEL Research Seminar builds on existing knowledge of implementation of study abroad and off-campus domestic study to maximize their potential as high-impact global learning experiences. Global learning has been defined in multiple ways, ranging from student experiences off campus to internationalization efforts that occur within the university walls. For this research seminar, “study abroad” refers to university-sponsored learning experiences that cross international lines and “off-campus domestic study” refers to university-sponsored learning experiences that occur off-campus, but within the same country.
Recognizing that institutions diverge in their approaches to study abroad and off-campus domestic study, the CEL Research Seminar fosters multi-institutional collaborations to facilitate research across institutions and approaches. The seminar will support rigorous multi-institutional, multi-method investigations with the goal of enhancing educational design for enhanced student-learning and development.
Research questions will follow four strands centered on:
- Students’ integration of study abroad and off-campus domestic study with other university global learning experiences
- Educators’ roles in students’ study abroad and off-campus domestic study
- Curricular and programmatic factors that integrate study abroad and off-campus domestic study with students’ other global learning experiences
- Institutional factors that integrate student learning from study abroad and off-campus domestic study
Elon University will provide lodging and meals for seminar participants during the seminar’s 2015-2017 summer meetings. In addition, each participant will be reimbursed up to $500/year (up to $1000/year for international participants) for travel costs (e.g., airplane tickets, mileage, airport parking, meals in transit) incurred while traveling to the seminar’s summer meetings at Elon University. Full reimbursement policies will be distributed to accepted participants. Other participant expenses, including travel costs above the limit and any research costs, will be paid by the participants and/or their home institutions.
Participants will produce significant, concrete outcomes. Past research seminars have generated edited volumes, journal articles and book chapters, white papers, and conference presentations – as well as local initiatives on participants’ home campuses. Participants will be well-positioned to use evidence-based assessments of student learning conducted as part of the seminar to inform study abroad and off-campus domestic study practices at their institutions.