IFSA Conference 2019
Meet Them Where They Are:
Individualized Learning in Education Abroad
The 2019 IFSA Conference focuses on the commitment to individualized learning and fostering active engagement in high-quality learning experiences. How do we encourage students to achieve individually defined goals through their education abroad endeavor? How can we improve learning, balance the individual with structural limitations, and refine our practice to meet them where they are?
Come prepared to engage in a wide range of topics exploring practices, partnerships and innovations focused on student learning and leave with concrete ideas and takeaways.
The IFSA Conference challenges you to explore one theme in depth, using an interactive workshop style to engage around the primary aspects of the topic. Conference days are varied, with short EdTalks highlighting one perspective, and Lightning Rounds offering you the opportunity to choose between several sessions. Through it all, we connect, collaborate, and contribute to learn with and from you.
Call for Abstracts
IFSA welcomes your abstracts for Lightning Rounds, Workshops, and EdTalks for this year’s IFSA Conference. Submit your Individualized Learning abstract by completing the online form.
Tesia Marshik, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology Department
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
From Barriers to Bridges: Examining Cognitive
Most people believe they are relatively open-minded when it comes to new experiences and information. At the same time, a plethora of research suggests we, as individual learners, may have a hard time recognizing our own biases and misconceptions. The smartest, kindest, and most socially adept of us are no exception. This interactive presentation will explore how neuromyths, educational misconceptions, and natural cognitive limitations may hinder students’ learning motivation as well as our ability, as educators, to meet students where they are and effectively promote their development. A deeper understanding of how learners process and respond to new information creates an opportunity to challenge ourselves (and our students) to be more open to learning opportunities, to reflect on expectations which shape realities, and to leverage the neurobiology of belief change to reduce potential barriers to learning.
Conference Workshop Sessions
Sociology of This Generation
Reimagining the Wheel: Innovations in Learning Abroad
Testing Our Balance: Where Commitment to the Individual Meets Structural Realities
What We Can Learn About the Learners Themselves
A Timeless Event
On Thursday evening, participants will be transported back to the Mesozoic Era during an IFSA Conference private reception and dinner at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Routinely ranked as the top children’s museum in the country, as well as the largest in the world, explore (and learn) in the Dinosphere, or for more recent history, check out the American POP exhibit. You’ll dig it, whether you’re young, or young at heart.
Details & Registration
July 24 – 26, 2019
Online registration for the IFSA Conference is now open. Registration closes June 25, 2019
|The Alexander Hotel
333 South Delaware St.
Visit the hotel website to explore the hotel’s amenities and see its unique focus on art and design! To make your hotel room reservation for the IFSA Conference, visit the The Alexander/IFSA reservation site.
There is no registration fee for the IFSA Conference and meals are provided. Attendees are responsible for transportation and accommodation.
For More Information
Margaret McCullers, Associate Director, Academics & Special Projects
Jon Erickson, Marketing Content & Event Manager
I@I (Institute at the Institute)
The I@I Workshop immediately precedes the IFSA Conference, July 22-24, 2019.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2019
|1:30 – 2:30 p.m.||Registration &
International Treats with Resident Directors
|2:45 – 3:30 p.m.||Welcome & Learning Plan Activity|
|3:30 – 4:45 p.m.||Workshop – Sociology of This Generation|
|5:00 – 6:30 p.m.||Plenary Session:
From Barriers to Bridges: Examining Cognitive and Neurological Influences on Learning Motivation
|Tesia Marshik, Ph.D.|
|6:30 – 8:00 p.m.||Dinner|
THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019
|8:00 – 8:30 a.m.||Breakfast with Resident Directors|
|8:45 – 9:15 a.m.||Ed Talk #1|
|9:15 – 10:30 a.m.||Workshop – Reimagining the Wheel: Innovations in Learning Abroad|
|10:30 -11:00 a.m.||Refreshment Break|
|11:00 – 11:30 a.m.||Lightning Rounds #1|
|11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:00 p.m.||IFSA Updates|
|2:15 – 2:45 p.m.||Lightning Rounds #2|
|2:45 – 3:15 p.m.||Refreshment Break|
|3:15 – 3:45 p.m.||Ed Talk #2|
|3:45 – 5:00 p.m.||Workshop – Testing Our Balance: Where Commitment to the Individual Meets Structural Realities|
|5:00 – 6:00 p.m.||Hotel Art Tour (optional)|
|6:30 p.m.||Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Reception & Dinner|
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019
|8:00 – 8:30 a.m.||Breakfast|
|8:45 – 9:15 a.m.||Ed Talk #3|
|9:15 – 10:30 a.m.||Workshop – What We Can Learn About the Learners Themselves|
|10:30 – 10:45 a.m.||Refreshment Break|
|10:45 – 11:15 a.m.||Lightning Rounds #3|
|11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Learning Plan Review|
|12:30 – 1:30 p.m.||Lunch & Departure|
What Attendees Are Saying
“The conference offers an excellent option to learn and reflect on best practices in the field, and deepen relations with IFSA as a partner.”
—Jennifer Fritz, Bucknell University
“As a young professional entering the field, I thought this would be a great way to learn more about one of my institution’s program providers, meet Resident Directors, and connect with my counterparts at other institutions.”
—Kim Longfellow, Gettysburg College
“The IFSA conference is a very professional small-scale event that allows for focused conversations on how to make education abroad better on many levels.”
—David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
“I felt engaged from the moment the conference opened, but I felt most engaged during the workshops.”
—Stephanie Gulden, Dickinson College
“I loved the speakers most. They had done research to support their theories, and they were great speakers to boot. I got readings out of those sessions and a lot of ideas, and have just finished briefing my staff on the conference, so the learning continues! Thank you for setting it up so well.”
—Cathy Winnie, Southern Methodist University
“Great conference and excellent staff in place to help facilitate a positive experience. Thank you.”
—Sentwali Bakari, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs