Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, CGE Academic Director and Mexico Site Director, presented at Illinois State University’s International Studies Seminar Series on February 18, 2014. Ann was hosted by Maria Schmeeckle, Associate Professor of Sociology; her topic was Study Abroad Education Possibilities: Experiential Learning, Critical Thinking, and Global Citizenship. Ann focused upon the ways in which experiential study abroad can positively impact students’ learning outcomes in the areas of critical thinking, global learning, and global citizenship. The presentation explored the question of why educational efforts intended to encourage critical thinking and responsible global citizenship go wrong while others achieve their intended learning outcomes.
In addition, Ann delivered a workshop for faculty who lead study-abroad programs (or want to do so), with the goal of helping them consider ways to increase experiential learning. The workshop group discussed best practices for fostering student learning objectives related to intercultural development and global understanding. Emphasis was placed upon using the rubrics provided by the American Association of Colleges and Universities.