International Research Connections in Instructional Technology

Program Dates: June 29 - July 5, 2024

This program is an exciting opportunity to enhance your doctoral journey by attending and presenting at the EDULEARN annual international conference. This will provide those individuals who are starting their dissertation writing process an opportunity to formulate and present their work as “research in process,” and will provide students who are earlier in their coursework journey an opportunity to network with an international group of educational technology experts. This allows participants to build international relationships, and to build potential partnerships for research purposes in the future. 



This program will take place in the beautiful location of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, a location known for its beaches, food, and weather.



Students will enroll in the following course for this program: 

Course Prefix

Course Name



EDL 7540

Special Topics


Patrick O’Shea & Amy Washburn


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Patrick O'Shea

Professor and Director of the Media, Technology, and Learning Design Program

Dr. Patrick O'Shea is currently a professor of instructional technology and the Media, Technology, and Learning Design program director at Appalachian State University.  Additionally, he is an educational consultant working on immersive learning initiatives and the host of the Versatilist podcast ( which is focused on the use of immersive technologies in educational settings. Dr. O’Shea has professional experience working with educational technology, assessment, and program evaluation. He has taught online and in face-to-face settings and consulted nationally and internationally on educational projects, including working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Africa, research projects in Australia, the UK, Zambia, and Portugal, and he has served as a Fulbright Specialist in Sri Lanka and Austria. 


Amy Washburn

Director of Digital Teaching and Learning, Reich College of Education, and Professor of Media, Technology, and Learning Design

Dr. Amy Washburn is the Director of Digital Teaching and Learning for the Reich College of Education, and a Professor of Media, Technology, and Learning Design. She has worked in educational technology for more than three decades, including time in the classroom, as director for two school districts in North Carolina, and in higher education. Her interests include preparation of educators to thrive and teach in a rapidly changing environment, emerging and generative technologies, with all their ethical and instructional implications, and the ways in which media and technology tools can be used to enhance the human experience and connection.


Program Cost: $3,445

Program cost includes select meals, lodging, in-country transportation, tickets and events. 

Please note - Students are responsible for the total program cost upon submiting the application and deposit. Refunds are contingent upon meeting the minimum enrollment of the program. If a student decides to withdraw before departure, that student may be eligible for a refund if the program has met minimum enrollment and is therefore viable. 

Non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.  Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

Remaining balance due




Estimated Additional Expenses


Graduate Tuition - Resident

$187.54 / credit hour

Graduate Tuition - Non-Resident

$207.54 / credit hour





Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from your program leader with instructions to apply.
  3. Apply to the program following the instructions from the program leader.
  4. Print, sign and drop off your application at the Office of International Education and Development at Plemmons Student Union (PSU), Suite 321 ( 3rd floor), 263 Locust Street Boone, NC 28608. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted your digital application, paid the $300 deposit, and dropped off your printed and signed application. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.