August 2020 news and updates from the Global Learning Collective team.
The Global Learning Collective
In this issue:

  • Save the Date! Virtual Familiarization Week: A Sustainable Future for All (Sept 21-24)
  • CEPA helps to make the world a greener place
  • The Asia Institute hosts virtual panel dialogue on global supply chain disruptions
  • Campus b team participates in summer development training
  • EDU Africa's 'Access in Africa' sessions continue
  • CEPA asks: As the world recovers, what will you uncover?
Save the Date!
Virtual Familiarization Week: A Sustainable Future for All

September 21-24, 2020
The Global Learning Collective team is preparing to host a week of Virtual Exchange familiarization events for study abroad staff, faculty members, and anyone that would like to experience example virtual learning activities firsthand.

"A sustainable future for all", the week's theme will focus virtual activities on topics related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  "Travel" the globe with us from Asia to Africa, Europe, and South America; learn and experience Virtual Exchange hosted by each Global Learning Collective organization.

Stay tuned for more! An event schedule and registration details will be shared soon.
CEPA helps to make the world a greener place
As part of CEPA’s Climate Action Plan, students and faculty can offset the CO2 emissions created during their study abroad program in Europe by donating to the CEPA Foundation.

The CEPA Foundation partners with a non-profit Saimiri Foundation to plant trees in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Through investing in this small, climate-smart forestry project, CEPA is directly addressing climate change in ways that make a big impact and empower individuals in the local community.

Most of all, it was important that our efforts go far beyond carbon reduction. They must be transparent, tangible, and provide multiple benefits, not only for the environment and wildlife, but also for the local community and our university partners, faculty leaders, and study abroad students. By partnering with the Saimiri Foundation, CEPA can offset its own carbon-footprint as well as offer the same option to our students and faculty to offset their study abroad programs.

Join CEPA and CEPA Foundation to offset CO2 emissions from studying abroad. Donate today and help CEPA reach its goal of 5,000 trees by 2024!
The Asia Institute hosts virtual panel dialogue on global supply chain disruptions
This month, The Asia Institute hosted and delivered an engaging virtual panel discussion in partnership with the University of Tennessee Knoxville Global Supply Chain EMBA. The session, “Evolving Global Supply Chains: Executive Perspectives on Asia Supply Chain Strategy, Pandemic Disruptions and the Realignment of Global Trade Agreements” involved corporate decision-makers from around the world, offering their varying perspectives on the evolving landscape for global supply chains.

A recording of the session is available upon request and represents just one example of the type of virtual content The Asia Institute is developing. Based on the informative dialogue, undergraduate students may find value in the session through a better understanding of the general concepts influencing the disruption of global supply chains. Graduate and Executive students will find value in the strategic nature of the discussion, and where current trends are forcing global supply chains to adapt.
Campus b team participates in summer development training
Greetings from South America! During the month of August, the entire Campus B team went back to school. As our global scenario on education abroad involves new creative approaches, we decided to engage in a professional development training workshop with several sessions focused on teaching methods to create memorable learning journeys. Throughout this incredible opportunity, our team is developing new skills to make our programs even more engaging.
From the Field, Announcements, & Resources
Resource Alert! Planning a virtual study abroad fair this fall? LunaTech & Design is in the process of launching the Luna Fairs Virtual Fair Software platform.  A Sign Up form is available for interested universities and partner/providers.

Inside Higher Ed: An Expanded Notion of Study Abroad (July 29)

Forbes: Innovative Learning Platform May Ensure The Billions of Overseas Education (August 14)

The Forum on Education Abroad: Register for Supporting Diverse Students on Study Abroad: Amplifying the Role of Professionals, a virtual workshop scheduled for August 27

International Educator: Four Ways to Create a Culture of Belonging in the International Office (August 4)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: What it Takes to Be a "Student-Ready" Team (watch on demand)
EDU Africa's 'Access in Africa' sessions continue
The 'Access in Africa' Virtual Exchange Series facilitated by EDU Africa will continue for another three weeks.  These free virtual exchange sessions invite participants to critically explore the notion of access in African countries, and for Africans across the world.

The notion that virtual mobility has the potential to increase accessibility in education has been uttered many times in the past few months. But what is access? What does it look like in a global pandemic, and what does it mean in different contexts?

Remaining session topics include "Panel Discussion on Access to Healthcare in Tanzania" scheduled for this Thursday, "Access to the Arts in Low Income Areas in Kenya" on August 27th, and "Community Farming as a Mechanism to Address Food Insecurity" on September 3rd.  Sessions are scheduled to begin at 10am EDT.

These sessions are offered free of charge and are for anyone interested
in familiarising themselves with the potential of a customized Virtual Exchange program in Africa.
CEPA asks: As the world recovers,
what will you uncover?
The CEPA team is looking ahead and working with partners to develop both in-person and virtual study abroad modules for the 2020-21 academic year and beyond.  Start planning your next Europe-based program with confidence and flexibility, and further explore virtual options to integrate into your in-person or online course.
Need a mental escape today?
Check out the World's Most Awesomely Awful Places by National Geographic. Tanzania's deep red Lake Natron, the blue lights of Kawah Ijen in Indonesia, and the acid pools at the Earth's lowest volcano in Ethiopia are among the hauntingly beautiful sights to behold.
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