Appalachian Global Symposium
Appalachian State University is hosting the third annual Appalachian Global Symposium, held each November during the nationwide International Education Week. Please put this date on your calendar.
The Appalachian Global Symposium is one of the approaches that supports the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan of "Global Learning: A World of Opportunities for Appalachian Students."
The Symposium highlights global activities engaged in by faculty, staff, and students. Symposium presenters will be discussing a variety of topics including science, technology, business, education, music and politics.
Symposium sessions offer opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to present their recent global experiences (research, education abroad, teaching, or service learning, or internships) on a professional platform, simultaneously expanding the campus community’s knowledge of the dimensions of internationalization occurring at Appalachian.
Faculty, staff, and students were invited to submit a one-page session proposal for presentation at the Appalachian Global Symposium to share with the campus community what they are doing globally. Early proposals were due by Monday, July 7, 2014. All other proposals were due by Friday, August 8, 2014. The proposal submission process is now closed.
The following information is posted here for archival purposes...
What is a proposal?
The proposal should be a one-page (minimum) overview, or summary, of your propsed presentation. It should provide both the main idea you want to convey and an outline of your main points. This overview will be posted online after the symposium. Most presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes so consider carefully the focus of your presentation.
Proposals may address one of the following areas:
- Course development
- Partner institutions
- Research and Creative Activity
- Encompasses all research and creative activity
- Educational Research
- Arts, cultures and societies
- Environment and sustainability
- Business, labor and industry
- Physical and life sciences
- Study abroad
- Internships abroad
Here is more detailed proposal information for faculty, staff, and students:
Submit a proposal for an area corresponding to your interest and expertise: teaching, research and/or service. This is an opportunity to share on-going research, teaching practices, and other aspects of global learning with colleagues across campus.Artistic performances or other interactive presentations are encouraged.
Submit a proposal for an area corresponding to your interest and expertise. This is an opportunity to share on-going global learning practices and other aspects with colleagues across campus.
Consider submitting a proposal for presentation at the Symposium. This is an opportunity to share on-going research, teaching practices, and other aspects with colleagues across campus.
Because you will be limited to 15-20 minutes, you need to consider carefully the focus of your presentation. You will not be able to speak about your education abroad experience in its entirely, so think about one facet of your overall experience and how you can convey its significance in that 15-20 minutes. You want a sharp focus so that the audience gets a clear and precise understanding of your topic.
You might want to consider focusing on your academic, or cultural or personal experience abroad. For example...
- What struck you about the teaching methods or student learning styles abroad? What did you appreciate about them, or find challenging? How did you come to put those differences into the larger context of the host culture?
- What did you learn in your classes (or a specific class) abroad that made the subject stand out in a different light, that gave you an additional insight, that you now see from a different perspective?
- In your life outside of the classroom, what did you learn about (pick one) family life, gender relations, politics, attitudes toward the environment, social class, consumer behavior, religion, etc. What did your observations suggest to you about your host culture?
- In what ways did your expectations, your pre-conceptions, not match or were even shattered by the reality of your host culture? What did you learn about the culture as a result of this experience? What did you learn about the way your expectations or pre-conceptions were formed in the first place?
- What is it that you feel you can do now (intellectually, socially, personally) that you don't think you could have done before you studied abroad? How do you think that competency came about?
- What did you learn about yourself --- your identity, your nationality, your worldview, your deeply held ideas --- that you don't think you would know if you hadn't studied abroad?
Another approach would be to unpack a specific moment that encapsulated your education abroad experience. For example...
- You remember walking down the stairs of your dormitory and you caught yourself counting the number of stamps you need and the other tasks you needed to do that day, unconsciously, in Chinese. That moment causes you to reflect on how much your Chinese language has improved and the ways it did. What are those ways?
Contact the Appalachian Global Symposium Planning Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.