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An Exploration of Faculty-led, Short-term Engineering Study Abroad Programs Offered by U.S. Institutions

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Study Abroad Experiences Intl Div Tech Session 9

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Jessica D. Ventura Endicott College Orcid 16x16

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Jessica D. Ventura, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Engineering department at Endicott College, a liberal arts institution north of Boston. She specializes in musculoskeletal biomechanics, with an emphasis on the lower body. Projects include prosthetic foot design, analysis of landing techniques, and limb loading of first time marathoners. Her current research uses personalized biomechanics analysis to inform runners and athletes of injury risk. Dr. Ventura also leads a biannual seminar in Belize focused on healthcare and adaptive technologies in the developing world.

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Faculty-led short-term study abroad experiences, or global seminars, are becoming an additional option for university students interested in international travel or study abroad. Global seminars offered during strategic times in the school calendar and designed by instructors who have key learning outcomes in mind can effectively meet the multicultural education needs of engineering students. The purpose of this research project was to gain a better understanding of what global seminars are being offered for engineering students, informing professors who wish to create one at their institution. Lessons learned cover scheduling, course content, and leverage of the travel locations. A secondary objective was to initiate and grow a list of established seminars for engineering staff and faculty who desire to design an effective global seminar and connect with others who are doing the same. Readers are encouraged to submit suggestions to the website developed for this purpose.

Ventura, J. D. (2020, June), An Exploration of Faculty-led, Short-term Engineering Study Abroad Programs Offered by U.S. Institutions Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34122

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