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Faculty Team-Led International Travel Experiences: Two is Better Than One

Authors: Daniel Dugas*, New Mexico State University
Topics: Communication, Human-Environment Geography, Field Methods
Keywords: study abroad, Ireland, team teaching
Session Type: Paper
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Through the New Mexico State University’s Office of Study Abroad, Faculty-Led International Programs platform, we (Dr. Dan Dugas & Dr. Eric Morgan) created a two-course, cross-disciplinary experience for students. This combined course approach provided a fruitful avenue for a transformative experiential student learning event. Joint participation in Environmental Communications and Cultural Geography class groups, from within the disciplines of Communication Studies and Geography, respectively, created a rich international study abroad frame work. Benefits for faculty team collaboration in taking students abroad include cross-discipline interaction and enrichment, mutual support and backup, and dynamic feedback. Because of the universal nature of these benefits, we believe our award-winning teaching and learning template can be applied anywhere in the world. For students, their in-country interactions included home stays and an extensive list of local experts providing personal guidance at selected destinations, greatly enhancing and complimenting group discussions and the intensions of our course designs. Student benefits included real-world exposure, travel challenges and self-discovery, and person-to-person interactions.

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