Linking High-Impact Immersion to Study Abroad Design

Higher Education Faculty and Staff Make Connections

Authored by: Delane Bender-Slack , Diane Ceo-Difrancesco

The Routledge Handbook of Study Abroad Research and Practice

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138192393
eBook ISBN: 9781315639970
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How might academia harness the transformative power of experiential global learning through immersive study abroad? This can be accomplished through global immersion experiences, intentionally planned to provide participants with high-impact learning opportunities and spaces for reflection before, during, and after the immersive experience. Establishing successful student study abroad immersion experiences places demands on higher education faculty and staff regarding the time, resources, and particularly the knowledge involved in program design and implementation. To that end, establishing a community of learners, a Faculty Learning Community (FLC), to explore the topic of immersive study abroad and to personally experience the high-impact learning opportunities that study abroad has to offer provides the context for this study.

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