To fulfill your Global Scholar requirements, you will need to demonstrate your completion of a “hands on” global experience. Documenting your global experience and reflecting on your learning and personal development is part of your path to distinguishing yourself as a global scholar. We ask that you do this documenting and reflecting in an electronic format, an ePresentation, that can be shared.
Producing an ePresentation
For the purposes of documenting your global experience, you will need to create an electronic blog-style presentation using an available open source site such as WordPress, Wix, Weebly, or another you might already be comfortable with. (Avoid using Adobe since it does not allow you to attach the required documents.) Whatever you choose remember that the technology is primarily a tool to help document, reflect upon, and synthesize your learning, laying the foundation for your future growth. Don’t get yourself bogged down in the complexity of the technology, choose a format that let’s you express yourself and your experience. Your ePresentation must meet certain guidelines, but there is considerable room for you to tell your own story with creativity and individuality.
What needs to go into the ePresentation?
The overall goal of your ePresentation is to tie together your global experience with your other learning experience by documenting, reflecting, and projecting into the future. Your ePresentation should do three things:
Document: Gather and logically present artifacts that document your global experience and help you to demonstrate your global learning, inter-cultural skills, and experience(s). Artifacts are items such as documents, photographs, graphics, audio files, videos, hyperlinks, presentations, and samples of coursework. Reflect: What do these artifacts show about what you have learned? How do the artifacts you’ve chosen to include demonstrate your global knowledge, skills and abilities? How did / how has your global coursework helped you to understand, question, or affirm your global experience? How are you different as a result of your experience? Reflection is an essential part of your ePresentation. Reflection requires you to examine your own growth and development as it is revealed to you through your experiences and connected to your overall learning through your course work. Drawing conclusions from your concrete experiences tells a story of what you have learned and how you have grown over the course of your educational experience. This reflective practice is particularly valuable as you develop academically and move toward graduation as you will be expected to assume responsibility for your own professional growth. Project: How will (or is) this experience affect your future? What are your future goals? What do you hope to accomplish or what direction do you see yourself taking? How do your academic and co-curricular choices reflect this direction and/or your personal growth?
How should I organize my ePresentation?
You have a lot of creative room to structure and organize your ePresentation such that it achieves the three things highlighted above (Document, Reflect, Project). Be sure that you provide a strong introduction that helps the reader/viewer/listener navigate through the ePresentation and provides background information about yourself and your path to becoming a global scholar. Pay attention to audience (who will see, read, experience your ePresentation) – the best ePresentations (or parts of them) are abstracted and included on the Global Scholar Website.
Student ePresentations (click links below)
Completing and submitting your ePresentation:
The “global experience” requirement of the Global Scholar Option is not about credits; it’s about your growth and development as a global scholar. You are encouraged to work with a mentor to complete and submit the ePresentation; ideally this would be the faculty member who supervised your global experience – but it could be your major advisor, another staff member, or a member of the Global Scholar Council. Follow these steps to completion:
Step 1: Prior to your global experience, identify a mentor to work with.
Step 2: Have a wonderful global experience!
Step 3: Complete the ePresentation and share it with your mentor for an initial review.
Step 4: Once you have made any needed revisions, submit the final copy of your ePresentation to the Global Scholar Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon accepting it, the Council will record your completed submission with the Registrar, after which your ePresentation will be reflected on your STAR report as a “milestone.”