IFSA Conference

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.

Conference Approach
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.

Plenary Speaker
Tesia Marshik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology Department
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

From Barriers to Bridges: Examining Cognitive
and Neurological Influences on Learning Motivation

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.

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

Conference Dates

July 24 – 26, 2019

Registration

Online registration for the IFSA Conference is now open. Registration closes June 25, 2019

Hotel Information

The Alexander Hotel
333 South Delaware St.
Indianapolis, IN

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

Conference Academics:
Margaret McCullers, Associate Director, Academics & Special Projects

Conference Logistics:
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.

Agenda

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2019

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Registration
International Meet & Treats
with Resident Directors
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Welcome & Kickoff Activity: Challenge and Support for Your Future Self – A Professional Development Exercise Dr. Maritheresa (MT) Frain, IFSA
Danny Gibbons, IFSA Peru
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. WORKSHOP
Sociology of Generation Z
Dr. Kathryn Morris, Butler University
Vicky Wolfe Bender, IFSA
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. PLENARY SESSION
From Barriers to Bridges: Examining Cognitive and Neurological Influences on Learning Motivation
Dr. Tesia Marshik
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
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 TALKS
A Day in the Life of an International Educator
  Great Expectations: Mentoring High Ability Students Andrew Williams, IFSA England
  A Day in the Life of a Faculty Leader Abroad Dr. David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. WORKSHOP
Reimagining the Wheel: Innovations in Learning Abroad
Dr. Maritheresa (MT) Frain, IFSA
Dr. Kara Taylor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Dr. Christopher Van Velzer, IFSA China
10:30 -11:30 a.m. Refreshments with IFSA
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. IFSA Updates Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir, IFSA
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. LIGHTNING ROUNDS
(Choose 1 of 3 options)
  Internships the IFSA Way:
Q&A with Resident Directors
Christina Brooks, IFSA
Uttaraa Jadhav, IFSA India
Daniel Peiro, IFSA Argentina
  Making Individualized Learning Inclusive and Excellent! Jessica Fetridge, Northwestern University
Dr. David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  Fostering Individualized Learning through Custom Programming Ebony Ellis, University of Michigan
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:15 – 3:45 p.m. ED TALKS
Facilitating Education Abroad… Remotely
  The Remote Individualized Learning Awards: Addressing “RIL” Challenges Michelle Mannweiler, IFSA
  The Invisible Influence: Attachment Parenting LaToshia Everson, DePauw University
3:45 – 5:00 p.m. WORKSHOP
Testing Our Balance: Where Commitment to the Individual Meets Structural Realities
Christi Hoover, IFSA Australia
Sue Mennicke, Franklin and Marshall University
Erika Ryser, IFSA
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The Alexander Art Tour (optional)
6:30 p.m. Reception & Dinner: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: 

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. ED TALKS
Diversified Learning Opportunities: The Road Less Traveled
  The Story Behind Nontraditional Locations in Education Abroad Dr. Jill Reister, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  Intentionally Ethical Service Learning
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. WORKSHOP
What We Can Learn from the Learners Themselves
Nikki Bruckmann, IFSA
Nicole Desjardins Gowdy, Pomona College
Sian Munro, IFSA New Zealand
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. LIGHTNING ROUNDS
(Choose 1 of 3 options)
  CHART Deep Drive Aaron Yerkes, IFSA
  Back to Basics: Engaging Novice Study Abroad Learners Chelsea Mullins, Purdue University
  Hit Refresh: Digital Resources for Active Learning Sara Lieburn & Carmen Pitz
University of Wisconsin-Madison
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Final Learning Plan Review: Connect. Collaborate. Contribute.  Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir, IFSA
Dr. Maritheresa (MT) Frain, IFSA
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