An Educational Technologist Can Get a Fulbright Grant?: Go Abroad, Gain Insight, and Share Knowledge
Concurrent Session 1
Interested in exploring how online education is structured outside the U.S.? This presentation will describe how the Fulbright Specialist program, which supports projects of two to six weeks in length, provided an opportunity for an educational technologist to support the online educational initiatives at a university in Croatia.
The growth and innovation of online education are occurring across the world, but educational technology professionals in the United States do not have many opportunities to regularly collaborate with peers abroad and collectively share how our institutions of higher education are negotiating this new educational frontier. I was alerted to the existence of the Fulbright Specialist Program, a State Department program to send U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as consultants at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks, and immediately recognized it as an opportunity to gain insight and share knowledge with peers abroad.
This presentation will cover the following topics:
The structure and application process for the Fulbright Specialist Program
My experience finding and proposing a project at the University of Dubrovnik, Croatia (UNIDU)
Insight and concepts I learned about current online educational initiatives in Croatia
The outcomes of my project at UNIDU
My goal is to use this presentation to encourage educational technology and instructional design professionals to apply for the program, share and grow our knowledge of online education with peers abroad, and support the global scale of our professional community.