NAFSA Regionals 2015 – Technology Related Sessions

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tech-sessionsThe very busy NAFSA Regional Conference schedule is right around the corner, and we know that many of you will be attending. As we have done in previous years, we are highlighting all the technology related sessions for the upcoming NAFSA Regional Conferences.

There are still a few conferences, Region V and X, that are either not posted yet – or we could not find any technology related sessions listed in their programs. We will continue to check these, or if you are hosting a session at either of those regions – or we have missed a session – please let us know!

We look forward to seeing many of you at the regionals!

REGION I
Increasing Access to Global Learning Through COIL Courses
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 4:15pm – 5:30pm
Description: COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) courses utilize online tools to embed projectbased learning with international partners into the curriculum, expanding the number of students graduating with high-impact global experiences and marketable skills. Learn about the UW COIL Initiative and its impact on student learning.
Software Changes: Fool’s Gold or Jackpot?
Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Description: Integrating new software and changing work processes seems like a good idea up front, but what happens in daily life? Join us as we share our journey in integrating both homegrown and licensed software to solve issues with nonintegrated systems, circular email communication with agents about applications, and other challenges.
REGION II
Boundless: Engaging Students Virtually Throughout the College Admissions Cycle
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Description: A record number of international students enrolled in US institutions this past year, but what factors motivated them to do so? Do your institutional mobile, web, parent, and online engagement strategies meet the expectations of prospective international undergraduate & graduate students? We’ll share the latest research findings about the expectations, influences, and concerns of this international audience. Now in its third year, the research study reveals year-over-year trends that are impacting international recruiting. Chris Peltier, Associate Director of International Recruitment for Utah State University, will discuss the university’s international recruiting strategy. He’ll explore how they’re using online communications to improve the experience for students throughout the enrollment cycle.
The Cutting Edge of Education Abroad Recruitment & Engagement
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Description: The new wave of recruitment and engagement practices means empowering students to access, define, and progress through the education abroad process at any time from any device anywhere. Drawing from technology and information fields of usability, game design and design thinking, learn how to re-energize and engage your office – and your students.
Removing Perceived Barriers to Education Abroad With Technology
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Description: In early 2015, Project Travel conducted a survey of education abroad professionals to understand what recruitment practices are happening on US campuses and the technology used. We found that pen and paper was the top ‘technology’ tool offices are using to engage students in a conversation about education abroad. In fall 2014, we tested a new technology with over 600 students and the response was overwhelmingly positive, especially for undecided students. The question is: Are we limiting students before they even apply because of OUR limited technology as a field? In what ways can technology help us ‘meet students where they are at’ with the right information at the right time? In what ways can technology enhance one-on-one advising by empowering students to seek information prior to their advising appointment?
Shoot it–Tell it–Write it: Using Mobile Phones to Motivate ELL Writers
Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Description: Participants will learn how to effectively use the mobile phone photo function to develop the creativity and motivation of English language learners in the writing class. Case studies, along with student photos and writing samples, will illustrate the efficacy of this method used by the presenters at both community college and university levels. Instructors have noted increased interaction and willingness to collaborate and to share work in the classroom as well as online in publ
REGION III
Tech Support: Maximizing Services for International Students
Date: Tuesday, October 20
Time: 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Description: Unavailable
Student reflection on international experiences through digital storytelling EA
Date: Tuesday, October 20
Time: 3:00 PM ‐ 4:15 PM
Description: Unavailable
The Great File Limbo: How Paperless Can You Go?
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 4:00 PM ‐ 5:15 PM
Description: Unavailable
Development and Implementation of Online Pre Departure Orientations in Study Abroad
Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 10:45 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
Description: Unavailable
REGION IV
Technology to Enhance Your Safety, and Crisis Management for International Travelers
Date: Friday, October 30
Time: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Description: US institutions of higher education continue to increase study abroad opportunities, taking on many new and less traditional programs as well. While many benefits arise by offering these programs, they also expose universities of all shapes and sizes to a multitude of risks and having insurance is not enough today. This session will provide a view of how one university views the special risk management challenges and uses technology to help overcome them. Also, an explanation around how institutional policies and procedures can limit risk and help respond to crisis abroad. This session will also explore how new technologies can orient and train students prior to study abroad and after they arrive at their international location.
Social Media in Study Abroad: How are offices framing the experience?
Date: Friday, October 30
Time: 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Description: New media can be broadly defined as anything digital and interactive. Social media is a great example. We have all been to sessions to learn the benefits and how-tos of social media, and we have even convinced our offices to adopt some platforms. It is time for the next step. The content on these social media sites is influencing the audience, and more importantly framing the experience of study abroad. So, what does study abroad look like on social media? What communication theories are at work? This presentation will outline the current salient topics of study abroad on social media, and provide information on using communication theories to help shape the message you’re sending online.
Who’s swimming in your inquiry pool? A case study in E-communication
Date: Saturday, October 31
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Description: With competition to attract and enroll international students at an all time high, how quick and effective is your institution’s response to international inquiries? This session will share results from a mystery shopping study conducted with 200 Universities focusing on the timeliness and responses addressing students inquiries. The session will also share actual case studies from universities about their student communication plans and use of CRM systems to streamline communication with prospective students.
REGION VI
It’s Time for a Facelift: Using Technology to Rejuvinate Orientaiton Programming
Date: Monday, November 2
Time: 9:15 AM – to 10:15 AM
Description: Stuck in a rut with your current orientation programming? Need ways to rejuvenate your format? If so, then join us to learn more about different types of technology that are bing used throughout the field to help support and prepare students at all phates of their education abroad experinces.   Particular emphasis will be placed on pre-departure programming, though technologies could be applied while abroad and upon return as well. In a time of having to do more with les,s walk away with tips for how you can use techology to help use your time and reouceses more wisley.
This is Not an Oxymoron: Personalizaton Through Tech Tools
Monday, November 2
10:45 AM – to 11:45 AM
Can digital technology allow for personalization in the international student recruitment process? We say yes!   Digital tech tools can help you to better relate, connect and recruit international students. Find out in this session how one digital marketer and one university are using technology to push the envelope on recruitment and allow prospective internaitonal students ot have a more personal, customized experience. We’ll even show you tha tyou can do this with minimal cost to your institution.
Recruitment Strategies for a Mobile Generation
Date: Monday, November 2
Time: 4:00 PM – to 5:00 PM
Description: Students in the developing world access the internet today primarily, if not exclusively, through mobile devices. In such an environment, how does a university develop strategies to connect with millions of talented students from the developing world who are keen to get an international education? This session explores mobile and behavioral data driven strategies to recruit international students in a scalable manner while reducing cost of acquisition.
TECH MIG Meeting
Date: Monday, November 2
Time: 5:10 PM – 5:45 PM
Description: This MIG promotes the use and adoption of technology throughout the world of international education, through outreach, support, resources and discussions across all mediums.
REGION VII
Using Technology to Bridge the Cultural Divide
Date: Monday, October 26
Time: 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Description: Unavailable
The Social World of Education Abroad: Creating Engaging Content for Social Media Platform
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Description: Unavailable
Beyond “Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience”: Using ePortfolios to Showcase Study Abroad Learning
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Description: Unavailable
REGION VIII
Uses of Visual and Social Media Technology in the ESL Classroom
Date: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Description: Unavailable
Teaching Media Skills in the ESL Classroom
Date: Friday, November 13
Time: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Description: Unavailable
REGION XI
Digital Storytelling: Harness the power of student social media
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Description: Unavailable
There an App for That!
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Description: Unavailable
Who’s swimming in your inquiry pool? A case-study on E-communication
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 3:30 – 5:00PM
Description: Unavailable
Going Green! The Paperless International Office
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 3:30 – 5:00PM
Description: Unavailable
Accessibility & Innovation: OPT advising using on-line tutorials and video
Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 8:30 – 10:00AM
Description: Unavailable
Technology for Health, Safety, and Crisis Management for Study Abroad
Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 10:30AM – 12:00PM
Description: Unavailable
REGION XII
Poster Session: Contacting Americans through Activities, Housing, and Social Media
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Description: Unavailable
Poster Session: Online Orientation Hacks: Clever solutions for tricky problems
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Description: Unavailable
Model for student learning: Developing an online international internship course
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Description: Unavailable
Digital Storytelling: Strategies for capturing the impact of international education
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Description: Unavailable
Using Excel to provide Excellent Customer Self-Service
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Description: Unavailable

We are still waiting to see if Regions V and X have any sessions related to technology – none have been posted yet.

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