Wednesday, August 05, 2015


Developing an international student abroad course through team teaching and service learning methods

Margaret Sass, Assistant Director of Service Learning and Sandra Sydnor, Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University
This breakout session describes a multi-disciplinary international study abroad course involving a team teaching concept.  The authors team-taught an international study abroad course that incorporated service learning in which students worked with non-profit organizations in Colombia.  Team teaching offers students to learn from expert faculty in certain fields while being exposed to the common core of service learning.

Presentation Details:
The purpose of this course was to increase student’s knowledge about the influence of cultural competency on successful international marketing for small-established businesses as well as nonprofit organizations in Colombia.  While enhancing students' knowledge about service learning in an international setting, students learned about the cultural history of Latin America and Caribbean civilizations.   Multi-disciplinary students also learned about basic functions and operations of international not-for-profit organizations by working with such agencies in the field.  This unique service-learning opportunity was supported by three professors of different disciplines that provided guidance and structure to multi-disciplinary students through team-teaching and community service in a much needed population.  A literature review will be discussed as well as a description of how the course was developed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to increase cultural competency
  • How to implement service learning in a study abroad course
  • Team teaching techniques

Intended Audience: Faculty

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