IIENetwork Engagement Series

The IIENetwork offers our members the opportunity to connect with each other, stay up-to-date on critical topics, and share expertise and experiences as current events continue to impact international education. We hope you’ll join us for one or more of these initiatives, which a benefit of your IIENetwork membership. Alongside conducting the most up to date research on how the world of international education is responding to the COVID-19 crisis, we have developed two new engagement tools to create space for members to share information, what is working, and challenges they face. We will continue to announce new topics and content in future. 

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Upcoming Webinars

July 15, 11:00 - 12:00pm EDT

Scaling for Systemic Change: Capacity Building for Online Courses and Learning | Register for webinar

International education has been transitioning into the digital sphere with making online courses border-less and accessible to those who would not typically enroll due to economic ability. We have seen this adaptation and learning process for the past several years; however, many more higher education institutions were thrust into a completely online classroom model in the first quarter of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While institutions are considering their method of teaching for student success and enrollment interests for the next academic year, there are examples of institutions that have worked to advocate for investment in online learning and transform the quality of teaching and learning through these new engagement models with success and lessons learned. In this webinar, we will address the institutional challenges of transitioning programs online effectively from faculty and instructional designers to student engagement and support, technology and quality assurance. Guest speakers from the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education and the American University of Beirut’s Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture will share the experience of institutional grants to promote capacity building online, and faculty from U.S institution Wofford College will share experience building inclusive and collaborative online learning and preparation for the upcoming academic year.

July 20, 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT

Complex Decision Making at Critical Moments: Insights from Industry Leaders | Register for webinar

Part of a leader’s role is to make critical decisions, based on a multitude of factors, input, and stakeholder perspectives. In the current climate, decisions from leadership have taken on even more potency and urgency, but with limited information or precedent. How are decision-makers thinking through these complex circumstances? How are they using data, information, and facts while also bearing in mind more qualitative and human-centered considerations? IIE’s Executive Vice President, Jason Czyz, speaks to leaders from international higher education about how they have tackled decision making in today’s complex environment.

July 29, 10:00 - 11:00am EDT

Perspectives from U.S. Institutions and International Students: Fall 2020 Decisions, Preparations, Complexity | Register for Webinar

This joint webinar by the College Board and IIE will present new survey findings on the perspectives of U.S. higher education institutions and international students on plans for the academic year 2020/2021. The College Board administered a survey to over 10,000 international students worldwide, asking about their plans for future international study and the reasons behind their decision-making. IIE administered the third survey in its COVID-19 Snapshot Survey Series to over 2,000 U.S. higher education institutions, tracking institutional plans for the next academic year and how this will impact options for international students. The data will be complemented by a discussion with representatives from two U.S. higher education institutions and the decisions and challenges they are facing regarding their international student populations in fall 2020. The complementary views from institutions and international students will provide the necessary context to understand the complex global mobility picture in fall 2020.

Day-By-Day Discussions

The Day-by-Day series offers small group discussions that are informal, lightly facilitated conversations among peers on specific topics that are of relevance during the COVID-19 crisis. The numbeer of participants will be limited and sign up will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Student Community, July 14, 1:00-2:00pm EDT. Register here

Supporting the Black Student Community, July 30, 1:00-2:00pm EDT. Register here