SRU Professional Development Day set for Oct. 6


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Sept. 30, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Natalia Dyba, director of global initiatives at the University of Washington Bothell, will present the keynote address at Slippery Rock University's annual Professional Development Day Oct. 6. Dyba will discuss, "Global Engagement through Collaborative Online International Learning."

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The theme of this year's program is "Transforming Students: HIPs and Beyond." Professional Development day will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome by Cheryl Norton, SRU president, in the Smith Center Theatre followed by Dyba's address at 8:35 a.m. and a workshop at 10 a.m.

Dyba, who oversees education abroad, internationalizing the curriculum, institutional partnership and opportunities for global involvement locally at UWB, is spearheading the UW COIL initiative to embed online collaboration projects with partners abroad into existing courses in order to expand access to deeply engaging global learning opportunities for students. Her keynote address will focus on how collaborative online international learning can deepen the global engagement of students locally, utilizing technology to link university classes in different countries. As part of her presentation she will introduce the COIL approach, provide multi-media examples from COIL courses and highlight student-learning outcomes.

Her 10 a.m. workshop is designed to help participants become more familiar with the key components of COIL; learn specific technology solutions and techniques for creating meaningful connections between learners; and consider where and how to embed a COIL module into their course or program.

A series of concurrent sessions presented by SRU faculty, staff, students and community partners will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1:55-2:40 p.m., 2:50-3:35 p.m. and 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Norton and Ben Shaevitz, ASPCUF president, will host a luncheon from 12:30-1:45 p.m. during which a panel of SRU faculty and staff will discuss how they have implemented transformational experiences in the classroom and in a range of programs, putting high impact practices into action.