Lewy Global Education Technology Forum Session Descriptions

Afternoon sessions


Tuesday, April 25


Keynote Speaker: 

Rahul Choudaha, PhD
Principal Researcher, DrEducation

Rahul Choudaha

Accelerating Campus Internationalization with Technology: Emerging Trends and Strategies

As technology solutions become increasingly sophisticated and innovative, students are not only embracing this change, they are also expecting more. However, higher education institutions in general lag behind in technology innovation and student adoption. For example, MOOCs (massive open online courses) have gone from being revolutionary to redundant with varying degrees of acceptance by academia. However, as institutional resources decline and technology matures, many institutions are discovering that it’s time to explore, experiment, and engage through technology. We’ll look at the promise of technology for campus internationalization – including emerging approaches, opportunities and challenges for faculty and administrators -- and how institutions can leverage technology to accelerate internationalization.

About Rahul
Rahul Choudaha is principal researcher and chief executive officer of DrEducation, LLC, a U.S.-based global higher education research and consulting firm. He co-founded interEDGE.org, a training solutions provider specializing in inclusion and success of international students. Dr. Choudaha is known for his expertise in connecting data and global trends to inform growth and innovation strategies. He has contributed to Forbes, Huffington Post, and University World News, and has been quoted in global media including the BBC, Time, NPR and the Wall Street Journal. He currently serves as guest editor of the special issue on International Student Success for The Journal of International Students, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Studies in International Education. He has taught graduate courses on international higher education at New York University and Baruch College. He received the Tony Adams Award for Excellence from the European Association of International Education in recognition of his research on international student segments. Dr. Choudaha was the principal investigator of NAFSA’s national research report on improving international student experiences and lead researcher for NAFSA’s commissioned research on The Landscape of Pathway Providers in the U.S. He is a member of the board of directors of InterExchange, a nonprofit organization promoting cross-cultural awareness through exchange programs. He holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in management and a bachelor’s degree in engineering.



Session 1

Cross-Cultural E-Mentoring to Develop Problem-Solving and Online Learning

Carol Richmond, Faculty, University of New Mexico and Assumption College
Technology for Collaboration
We spotlight a cross-cultural e-mentoring experience between U.S. graduate student mentors and Sri Lankan faculty mentees to highlight the learning benefits of multicultural e-mentoring to support collaboration, increase effective communication, develop problem-solving in online learning communities, and enhance values-based education within the global experiential education.

Maptia, Medium, and Storify: The Future of Online Collaborative Writing

Suzanne Bardasz, ESP/EAP/ESL Instructor, University of California, Davis, Extension
Technology for Collaboration
Examine online writing tools such as Maptia, Medium, and Storify that can be incorporated into ESL classes to promote student collaboration. These tools provide students an opportunity to work together, be creative, and write more meaningfully for an authentic audience.

RoadAmico, A Hosted Platform for Place-Base, Experiential Learning

Lucia Binotti, Professor of Romance Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Technology for Learning
RoadAmico, The Walking Classroom, is a suite of web and mobile tools that create active learning environments to meet the needs of place-base educators and experiential learners. RoadAmico disrupts traditional learning styles and aims to provide an outstanding educational experience by making learning interactive, experiential and collaborative.


Session 2

Using Podcasts for Independent Study Project Presentations

Azim Khan, Academic Director, SIT Study Abroad
Technology for Learning
Podcasting is an inexpensive technology tool that can be used to promote research and disseminate outcomes to large and diverse audiences. This session aims to benefit graduate and undergraduate students, academic directors, and faculty members.

Meeting Students in Cyberspace: Field Course Academic Blogs

Karla Giuliano Sarr, Assistant Professor of International Education, SIT Graduate Institute
Javonni McGlaurin, MA Candidate, SIT Graduate Institute
Technology for Learning
A faculty member and student join together to discuss supporting students in the creation of academic blogs as part of a field course, and how to incorporate blogs into coursework on and off-campus.


Session 3

Usability Testing for a Global Audience

Beth Davis, Usability Specialist, SIT Graduate Institute
Technology for Inclusion
User-friendly technology demands rigorous usability testing of products throughout their development life cycle.  The presenter will demonstrate usability testing techniques and discuss the cross-cultural considerations she includes in her usability studies to ensure that the needs and preferences of users worldwide are met.

Accessible Virtual Platforms

Juanita Lillie, President of Abroad With Disabilities and MA Candidate, SIT Graduate Student
Andee Crommett, Rehabilitation Counselor, Accommodations Assistant, SIT Disability Services
Technology for Inclusion
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that organizations receiving federal funds cannot exclude individuals with disabilities from participating in activities and programs, including virtual ones. Through the lens of assistive technology users, participants in this session will learn about accessible virtual platforms; how to host accessible virtual meetings for participants who require closed captioning and/or those who use screen readers and keyboard navigation; a host’s role in selecting an accessible virtual meeting platform; and the tools needed to assess the accessibility of virtual meeting platforms. This workshop will also review the accessibility/inaccessibility of various virtual meeting platforms including Skype, Zoom, GotoMeeting, Webinar Go, and Google Hangout.


Session 4

Climate Change: Digital Technologies for Modelling and Comparative

Richard Walz, Academic Director, SIT Study Abroad
Technology for Collaboration
This presentation will address digital approaches to using primary data to model climate change as a learning tool for students. It will introduce digital approaches to researching and teaching climate change during study abroad and examine user-friendly, digital modeling programs of climate, climate change impacts, and human adaptations. The presenter will demonstrate how datasets can be combined and used for digital climate modelling; how programs can share data across locations to address climate change at regional and global scales. The target audience will be leaders and teachers of undergraduate programs that integrate climate as a critical global topic.

Innovations in Enhancing Student Stipend Safety

Charlotte Mafumbo, Academic Director, SIT Study Abroad
Daniel Lumonya, Academic Dean for Africa South of the Sahara, SIT Study Abroad
Technology for Administration
Mobile phone applications are rapidly changing financial transactions in rural and urban Africa. MPesa in Kenya and Mcash in Uganda are only a few of the major examples. This session will address how we can draw on these emerging technologies to enhance distribution and management of student stipends.

12:30pm–1:45 pm

Lunch Speaker:

Davison Mupinga, PhD
Professor of Career and Technical Education
Kent State University

Davison MupingaEducation in the Digital Era: Practices and Implications

Technological developments, such as social networking and digital technologies, have ushered in new ways in which people communicate, collaborate, and operate. For educators, new technologies have changed what, when, and how to teach. We’ll examine the opportunities and challenges for educators posed by the digital era and how to respond in order to survive and continue to be useful. We will look at the role of an educator in a digital-era classroom; flexibility in delivery modes; tools to enhance teaching; and sources of information. We’ll also examine the challenges in transitioning to digital teaching, unequal distribution of technological resources, and maintaining quality.

About Davison
Davison Mupinga has more than 25 years teaching experience in public schools, trade schools, and universities in Zimbabwe and the United States. He has worked as an educational consultant, primarily on professional development of teachers and administrators in Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda, and the United States; taught instructional technology courses in face-to-face and online environments; and facilitated professional development programs to integrate technology into the classroom. His research interests are in 21st Century skills, multicultural education, and preparation of teachers and administrators for the information age. He has published and reviewed numerous articles on educational technology, and presented at national and international conferences on distance and online education, instructional technology policies, and Web 2.0 tools. He serves on educational advisory boards for career and technical high schools and trade/community colleges in Ohio. Dr. Mupinga is an active member of international education and training associations, and the International Council for Open and Distance Education.


2:00pm–3:15 pm

Session 1

Digital Games & Gamification: Turkish Games

Tugba Cansali, MA Candidate, SIT Graduate Institute
Technology for Learning
The presenter will discuss the design of an entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship game application; a digital game for Syrian children to develop their Turkish literacy skills; and how the curriculum of an international NGO has been gamified. 

Tech Solutions for Teaching Research Methods and Ethics

Said Graiouid, Academic Dean for the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, SIT Study Abroad
Mokhtar Bouba, Assistant Professor, SIT Graduate Institute
Richard Walz, Academic Director, SIT Study Abroad
Technology for Learning
The Research Methods and Ethics (RME) course is a pivotal component of the SIT experiential pedagogical model. This session explores the use of online technology, e-learning tools, and web spaces to create a pedagogy that could better engage students in the RME course. Examples will include the teaching of climate modeling on a study abroad program and practitioner inquiry at the graduate level.


Session 2

Transitioning to the Virtual Learning Classroom

Carol Richmond, Faculty, University of New Mexico and Assumption College
Technology for Learning
This presentation for faculty and students highlights techniques for making the transition from the traditional classroom to the virtual classroom. Topics will include: designing your virtual course; applying the main theories of distance education, "transactional distance," "interaction," "social presence”; practical tips to engage your learners; characteristics and needs of diverse distance learners, including gender and culture; learner support techniques; preparing faculty for their roles as a distance instructor; best practices of e-learning and course delivery systems; selecting a design model; and how to handle it when things go wrong in the classroom.

Developing Online Writing Courses That Support Active, Project-Based Learning

Eileen Kramer, Senior Lecturer, Boston University, CELOP
Amelia Onorato, Senior Lecturer, CELOP, Boston University
Technology for Learning
An online writing course can offer student engagement equal to a face-to-face classroom experience. The presenters share their experiences developing online courses with a project-based curriculum that fosters an active learning environment. Participants will leave with ideas for a dynamic, learner-centered online writing course.


Session 3

An Educational Approach to Media Literacy: Examples from Latin America

Teresa Healy, Associate Professor and Chair of Sustainable Development, SIT Graduate Institute
Aynn Setright, Academic Dean for Latin America, SIT Study Abroad
Alexander Scott, Manager of Communications and Information Technology, blueEnergy, Bluefields, Nicaragua
Technology for Inclusion
This session will provide concrete examples of the use of media as an essential skill for inquiry and self-expression for the students. It will address how these technologies are used for the inclusion of marginalized voices and how digital storytelling invites reflection on transformative experiences.


Session 4

Five Ways to Work Faster with Project Management Software

Bob Lawson, Founder, Sustainable Digital
Technology for Administration
Innovative software can improve the management of routine and complex projects. These browser-based, low-cost solutions are easy to use and customize to fit specific needs. This session will introduce participants to the most versatile tools and present concrete examples that can be put to direct use in your own work.

Virtual Meetings: An Examination of Challenges, Tools, and Solutions

Robin Bitters, Director of Operations, SIT Study Abroad
Akosua Nyako, Operations Manager, SIT Study Abroad
Technology for Administration
This session will introduce tools for virtual meetings, including the pros and cons as well as challenges of Jabber, Skype for Business, Skype, and Level 3 Communications.



tom sayerClosing Speaker:

Tom Sayer, Engagement Program Manager
Google for Education

Collaborating for Learning Using Modern Productivity Tools

Today's workplace emphasizes the importance of teams and collaboration more than ever. However, globalization has led to increasing geographical separation between employees. Technology can fill that gap. Tom Sayer will explore elements of Google's collaborative culture; how technology supports and embeds that culture despite a disperse workforce; and how that applies to educational institutions. 

Wednesday, April 26

9:00am – 10:15am

Session 1

The Impact of Online Collaboration on Teacher Performance

Mohamed Abdelaziz, Senior Education Specialist, World Learning
Christopher Iverson, Program Officer, World Learning Global Development Exchange (GDE)
Technology for Collaboration
World Learning Algeria will showcase how Google Suite’s collaborative features have expanded access to professional development and created more inclusive training solutions for teachers who are dispersed across the largest country in Africa. Participants will be invited to share their own experience and directly apply the approach to their own practice during the session. The presentation will explore examples drawn from teacher trainings: the Algeria Youth Centers project, the Algeria PLUS program, and the Algiers STEAM Center Teacher Training series. In these project, teachers experienced face-to-face training on lesson planning and activities development, as well as cloud-based, collaborative activities involving peer reviews. Teachers in Algeria have limited access to continuous, high-quality training opportunities, and have little to no interaction with peers or supervisors to gain feedback, new ideas, supervision and coaching. Cloud collaboration incorporates a digital tool to bridge the gap between teachers from different cities and provide a platform of continuous interaction toward a collaborative learning environment. After teachers learn the basics of lesson planning and work on a peer-review format offline, they are introduced to cloud-based document formatting and file sharing to apply the new technology-infused instructional model to their own lesson plans. This training workshop simulates this experiential cycle and delves into the “aha” moments of making training planning more effective on a cloud-based platform.

Donald B. Watt Library: Search!

Patrick Spurlock, Library Director, Donald B. Watt Library
John Levin, Library Assistant, Donald B. Watt Library
Sean Donovan, Education Systems and Services Technologist, Donald B. Watt Library
Technology for Collaboration
There are over 300,000 articles, ebooks, and physical items combined in our collection at the Donald B. Watt Library. In this training session learn to utilize the library website to browse through our A-Z Databases, request books/articles from other libraries, and browse our repository of saved Capstones/Independent Study Projects.

10:30am – 11:45am

Session 2

Transforming an Experiential Youth Program to the Digital Sphere

Jennifer Chen, Program Officer, Youth Team, Exchange and Training Unit, World Learning
Haley Lepp, Program Associate for DYLEP, World Learning
Technology for Collaboration
The presenters will share strategies used to create an engaging virtual exchange experience for Iraqi and U.S. high school participants on the Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program, and discuss the challenges they faced implementing a virtual exchange and its impact on participant learning.

Moodle: Tune-Up

Patrick Spurlock, Library Director, Donald B. Watt Library
Technology for Collaboration
In this workshop we will go over various ways to approach your course design in Moodle.  In addition to covering basics, we will also delve into more advanced features including Moodle's Page, Survey, Assignment, and Questionnaire activities. 


Lunch Speaker:

Samantha Earp
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Smith College

Digital Media Literacies: Developing Learner Independence, Providing Lifelong Benefits

In recent decades, the number of K-12 and higher education classrooms incorporating digital media projects has increased dramatically. As consumer market tools become more affordable and easier to provide and support in school and home settings, it is easier than ever to engage students in course content in new, technology-enabled ways. This talk will explore the opportunity teachers have to leverage digital media projects not only for specific curricular purposes, but also to develop learners’ core digital media literacies in ways that will benefit them throughout their formal education as well as in their careers and private lives.

About Samantha
Samantha Earp has worked in higher education for more than 25 years in teaching and learning, information technology and online learning, with a focus on experimentation, strategic initiatives, and organizational change. In 2016, she moved from Harvard University, where she co-led the development and implementation of HarvardX, Harvard's strategic initiative in open online learning, to her current role with Smith College. Samantha has taught at the community college, undergraduate, and masters levels in the United States and in France. She has also worked as a software developer and translator. Samantha holds a BA in French from Berea College and an MA in French Linguistics from Indiana University, where she completed further PhD coursework in Instructional Systems Technology and French/Linguistics. Samantha is a fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute and an alumna of the Educause Leadership Institute.

1:00pm – 2:15pm

Session 3

Using Storify as a Learning Tool

Raymond Young, International Education Faculty Member, SIT Graduate Institute
Technology for Learning
This workshop will introduce the online tool, Storify, with short demonstrations from SIT graduate students who participated in the course “Social Media, Social Movements and Social Change.” Storify allows collaborators to use different social media content, including articles, videos, and posts, to create stories and timelines. These stories can then be shared to provide more focused and in-depth narratives about the topic at hand.

SharePoint: What Is It and How Will It Be Useful to Me?

Cheryl Liston, Director of IT, Application Development, World Learning
Technology for Collaboration
World Learning staff and faculty are the intended audience for this session on SharePoint, our central information sharing and collaboration platform. Many departments have sites and are using SharePoint extensively. In the past year we have created nine new SharePoint sites and 169 new lists, and we supported 449 unique SharePoint users who uploaded 14,799 new items. Yet many still do not understand what SharePoint is or how it could be helpful to them. Some who have sites do not utilize this tool to its full extent because they do not understand basic functionality of the application. This workshop will start with the basics and progress to more in-depth explanations of how to use SharePoint effectively. Participants will learn about team sites and what they contain: announcements, calendars, libraries, lists, links, tasks and team discussion, as well as project sites and what they contain; how to conduct and set a search; how to manage alerts; how to upload documents, create views and other functions to improve user and team productivity.

Using LinkedIn and World Learning Connect to stay engaged with SIT

Carla Lineback, Director of Engagement, World Learning
Squeak Stone, Director, Career and Practicum Service Center, World Learning
Technology for Inclusion
This workshop will introduce LinkedIn and the new online alumni community and as tools for students, alumni, staff, and faculty to stay connected to SIT now and after graduation

2:30pm – 3:45pm

Session 4

Your Course and Copyright

Patrick Spurlock, Library Director, Donald B. Watt Library
John Levin, Library Assistant, Donald B. Watt Library
Technology for Learning
What is copyright? What is fair-use? How does this relate to the eReserves? Learn how the Donald B. Watt Library processes copyright for SIT and World Learning, and get suggestions on how to distribute resources legally. 

Word / Excel Basic and Beyond

Squeak Stone, Director, Career and Practicum Service Center, World Learning
Technology for Learning
This workshop is intended for students and staff who need to develop their Microsoft Word skills, for creating reports and documents. We will cover creating table of contents, citations and bibliography, captions, footnotes, and endnotes. Additionally, we integrate Excel with Word for mail merges, tables and graphs.