June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Development of a Faculty Led Education Abroad Program and the Lessons LearnedAbstractIn recent years, there has been increasing demand and push for global experience through anacademic setting. For would-be engineers this is even more important in this world of ever-increasing global collaboration and commerce. In an effort to provide students with globaleducation opportunities, our university has developed and enhanced a Faculty Led EducationAbroad Program (FLEAP) which allows interested faculty to work with their school to developstudy abroad courses in their area of expertise. The program is approximately 9 years old andbegan with trips that were organized by the faculty members themselves, by third party vendors,or by the University’s international office. Over the years, successful trips to Germany, France,Switzerland, Aruba, China, Ireland, Belize, and Nicaragua have been conducted. The FLEAP hasproven to be an excellent example of engaged learning and provides students with a globalperspective that is unparalleled in any classroom. The development of the FLEAP proved to bechallenging; and, an advisory committee was established to address the numerous challenges.The committee was tasked with developing program guidelines, site assessment forms, proposalforms, and emergency/safety guidelines, to name a few. In the last two years, every FLEAPconducted has been instrumental in further enhancing the FLEAP process.The development of a FLEAP trip to Germany led to a successful program in the Springsemester that was coupled with an environmental/engineering course on Renewable Resources.The students were able to visit multiple cities and many renewable energy sites throughoutGermany while gaining experiential knowledge of the culture and language. To meet theeducation component of the course, the students were asked to keep a journal log of theirlearning and cultural experiences which was reviewed by the professor at the end of the trip. Thestudents were also asked to present their experience in multiple platforms. This paper describesthe evolution of the FLEAP in our university and uses the Germany trip to discuss what workedand what did not. It is expected that the experiences of the international office, the lead facultyfor the Germany trip, and the advisory committee will assist other universities in establishing asimilar program.
Acharya, S., & Nutt, L. A., & Kerzmann, T. L. (2014, June), Development of a Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program and the Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20306
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