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Monday, May 28 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Set for Success: Multi-institutional Perspectives on Orientation for International Students

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For a number of reasons students from all corners of the world choose to study outside of their home country. This decision to study abroad offers international students the potential for exceptional learning experiences and at the same time presents challenges such as “feelings of uneasiness, insecurity, and loss” (Yakunina, Weigold, Weigold, Hercegovac & Elsayed, 2013). In addition to these complex feelings is the growing diversity of cultures and languages on most western college and university campuses resulting in robust but intricate learning environments requiring the attention of educators, support services and curriculum developers (Fischer, 2011; Murphy, Hawkes & Law, 2002).

This session looks at four different approaches to student orientation and how that coordination helps to address the overarching globalized post-secondary environment. Within these different orientation models emerge commonalities with the international student’s emotional well-being, academic success and overall positive transition at the centre.

If you have international students at your institution, ensuring they are accomplished, contented and established individuals is most likely at the forefront of your mind. Our team of presenters have collaborated to bring to you our stories of trials and triumphs. At this session you’ll also have opportunities to share your stories through interactive activities.

Join us and see what may fit your student and institution needs. 

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Tammie Clarke

Nursing Instructor and Educational Developer, Selkirk College
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Karen Densky

Associate Teaching Professor/TESL Coordinator Faculty of Education and Social Work, Thompson Rivers University
Karen Densky holds a PhD in Education in Curriculum Theory and Implementation (Simon Fraser University) and an MA in Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Simon Fraser University). Her teaching areas are in English language and teacher education. Karen’s research areas include... Read More →
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Bryan Smith

Learning Experience Designer, UVIC, Technology Integrated Learning
I help staff and faculty to design and develop online and blended courses, and I provide advice and resources for incorporating technology into the classroom.
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Maureen Wideman

Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning, University of the Fraser Valley
Maureen has spent more than 25 years in the teaching and learning field beginning as an instructional designer, faculty member, director and now AVP. She approaches faculty development as a student success initiative and maintains the learner-centred approach in all she does. Her... Read More →

Monday May 28, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am AKDT
Port of Singapore