Are you are or a colleague headed to AAC&U’s “Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice” conference in Seattle (11-13 October 2018)? Catch two CLAC practitioners & institutional representatives present on other international engagement projects. And, you can catch them for any CLAC-related questions too.

Poster 7: Social Media: Digital Approaches to Global Learning Friday, October 12 – 8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND POSTER SESSIONS, GRAND FOYER, FOURTH FLOOR

 Description: Technology, because of its open and collaborative nature, can and should be used widely and creatively in connecting students within the campus and with the world, developing interdisciplinary perspectives, identifying and using existing resources, and enhancing every student’s global learning and engagement. Social media plays an important role in students’ daily lives but is rarely used in curricular and cocurricular activities in higher education. Many students and educators perceive social media as a means of entertainment. However, when implemented properly, social media can be used as an effective pedagogical tool to enhance student engagement and cultivate their global perspectives. This poster will introduce digital approaches to define, develop, and engage global learning in and outside of classrooms, including example assignments Jiangyuan (JY) Zhou, Internationalization Specialist (CLAC Vice Chair) and Ai Zhang, Associate Professor of Public Relations both of Stockton University.

Session 11: Global Learning in Your Neighborhood Community-Based Language Learning: Creating Partnerships


Description: In this session, presenters will focus on how world language students can partner with local immigrant and refugee populations to work in solidarity toward social change. Presenters first distinguish global learning in English from global learning in a second language, calling on conversations in community engagement, second language acquisition, and critical theory to underscore the unique features of working in a second language. Although language learners are still building communication skills, the types of interactions they can develop with local communities in the common world language can deepen the understanding of personal narratives and contemporary issues related to immigration and resettlement of refugees. Working in solidarity with immigrant and refugee populations, learners reflect on ethical and personal questions that provide opportunities for transformative learning. Ultimately, presenters argue that language learning and social justice are complementary learning outcomes, and that languages are a tool for social change. Joan Clifford, Assistant Professor of the Practice and Deb Reisinger, Assistant Professor of the Practice—both of Duke University