Thank you to the session presenters and attendees of the 2021 International Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning Symposium in Orlando, FL and online. In a difficult year, we are gratified that so many of you were able to travel and be part of a community of like-minded scholars seeking to internationalize our efforts and solutions for enhanced teaching and learning. The Auburn University Office of International Programs appreciated your thoughts and experiences, and we took away a number of practices and ideas that we can immediately implement in our classrooms. We look forward to 2023 when we can meet again and continue this dialogue at Disney. We hope to see you join us once again.

IPUTL 2021 Proposal Submission Closed
Proposal Opportunities


Workshops will take place on Wednesday afternoon, June 2. Each workshop will be 90 minutes and should be highly interactive, covering a topic in-depth with actionable ideas for delegates.

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions will take place Thursday, June 3 and Friday, June 4. Each session will be 50 minutes, encourage active learning, and should include ample time for audience questions and discussion. Sessions may be offered by a single presenter or a panel or may take a roundtable discussion format.

Conversation Starter Essays and "Speed Learning" Roundtable Presentations

Scholars are invited to submit a 1,000-word essay related to internationalization of teaching and learning in higher education. This may be a summarization of research undertaken by the submitter but may also be an opinion or thought piece. Authors whose essays are selected for publication will also participate as presenters in one of our Speed Learning Roundtable sessions on Thursday, June 3 or Friday, June 4.

"New Directions for Teaching and Learning" Special Volume

Scholars are invited to submit a proposal for the special volume of the Wiley journal "New Directions for Teaching and Learning" with an anticipated publication date in spring 2022. This journal will be a companion to the symposium, and it is expected that some presentations at the symposium will be selected for publication in addition to those selected through this call for proposals. The special volume will present international perspectives on critical issues impacting teaching and learning in a diverse range of higher education environments. Learn more.

Desired proposal topics include but are not limited to:

  • International collaborations in learning and teaching
  • International comparisons in discipline differences, assessment and accreditation
  • Global innovations in teaching and paradigm shifts from different corners of the world
  • The multicultural and multilingual classroom – physical or virtual
  • Creative use of technology in the global classroom for teaching and learning and internationalizing the curriculum
  • Exploration of best practices and how these are tied to culture and context
  • Internationalizing high impact practices (HIPs)
  • Global faculty networks and global teaching and learning
  • Advances in research on global teaching and learning
  • Developing skills in international education and advancing faculty development
  • Return on investment for improved teaching and learning – global competitiveness of institutions
  • Emerging issues in international graduate education
  • International perspectives on student engagement
  • International perspectives on policies impacting current and future higher education
2018 IPUTL Presenters

Keynote Speakers:

  • Daniel J. Guhr, Managing Director, Illuminate Consulting Group
  • Suzanne Ortega, President, Council of Graduate Schools
  • David A. Sousa, Innovative Educational Consultant and Author
  • Heather H. Ward, Associate Director for Internationalization and Global Engagement, American Council on Education


  • James Groccia, Auburn University – Student Engagement: A Multidimensional Perspective
  • Lillian Nave, Appalachian State University – Motivating Your Students Using Universal Design for Learning Principles

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Kristina DeWitt, Liberty University – How Pre-Service Teachers Reflective Practice From an International Teaching Experience Impacts Their Own Perspectives of Diverse Learning Experiences
  • Adina Dudau, University of Glasgow – Of Possums, Hogs, and Horses: Capturing the Duality of Student Engagement in eLearning; Aesthetic Experiences and Joy in Online Learning
  • George Kominis, University of Glasgow – Audio-Visual Feedback: Student Attainment and Student Satisfaction
  • Karen Lauridsen, Aarhus University – Developments in the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space
  • Judy Lightner and Jennifer Marcinkiewicz, Kent State University – Development and Delivery of the Intercultural Faculty Scholars Cohort Program
  • Jennifer Lister, Kevin Yee, Bruce McCollaum, Kara Fulton, Jessica Lauther and Sommer Mitchell, University South Florida – Defining and Measuring Global Competence: Lessons Learned Midway Through USF’s Global Citizens Project
  • Blake Mackesy, Wilkes University – Teaching Diversity of International Education Leaders
  • Maria Mendoza and Lisa Liseno, Florida State University – Bringing American and International Teaching Assistants Together to Enhance the TA Training Experience
  • Chuks Monday, Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba – Functional Technical Vocational Education and Training: A Useful Tool For Revitalizing Ailing Economics
  • Lillian Nave, Appalachian State University – How Art Taught Us to Know and See Each Other: The Boone-Kabul Project
  • Deirdre Ryan, Dublin Institute of Technology – Operationalizing Internationalization in the Teaching and Learning Environment of an Irish Higher Education Institute; Learnings from the Lecturer’s Perspective
  • Anu Sary, University of Tartu – Academic Development: The Journey from Soviet to Global Higher Education Traditions
  • Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University and Emmeline Gros, Toulon University – A Multi-Pronged Approach to Internationalizing Curriculum
  • Ginger Wickline, Jerry Martin and Kathryn Vogel, Miami University – The “Cross Borders” Service Learning Program
  • James Witte, Auburn University – Online Higher Education Development in Malawi
  • Min Zhong, Auburn University – An Innovative Integration of Online and Traditional Teaching in International Cooperative Courses

Presenter Guide

Presentation Development

When developing your presentation, either in-person or online, consider the following:

  • Foster engagement and participant interaction.
  • Focus on applications of your topic to international learning environments and cross-cultural issues.
  • Include a slide on key take-aways for theory or application from your presentation.
  • Provide time for questions and discussion.
  • Be cognizant of the impact of the pandemic on future teaching and learning issues.

Zoom Engagement Tips

12 ways to make your Zoom presentation interactive and engaging:

  1. Ask a Question/Participants Answer in "Chat." - After participants have answered in the "chat," ask the group to identify themes in the responses.
  2. Ask a Question/Participants Use Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down. - This feature is located in "manage participants" and allows for quick engagement and feedback.
  3. Ask a Question/Call on a Participant. - This approach keeps people engaged and on their toes.
  4. Share Screen/Interactive Website. - Share your screen with participants and visit an interactive website.
  5. Share Screen/Show a Video. - Share a short video to help accentuate a point. Be cautious because videos can lag and quality can suffer. You can also share the link in "chat" and ask participants to mute their sound and watch the video on their own devices in real-time.
  6. Poll Participants. - Ask a participant to answer a series of questions to engage the presentation topic using the "polling" feature.
  7. Online Scavenger Hunt. - Develop a worksheet for teams to complete in groups or pairs using "breakout rooms."
  8. Group Check-In. - If the group is small, you can ask participants to check in with a one-breath statement or do the same to conclude the meeting.
  9. Co-create a Google Doc. - Ahead of the session, create a Google Doc, and invite participants to edit. Post the link to the Google Doc in "chat" and have participants add to the document in real-time. Share your screen to display the document and review it with the group.
  10. Build Engaging Slides. - Engaging slides with strong imagery can help tell your story and maintain participant engagement.
  11. Enable Group Work through "Breakout Rooms" Feature. Breakout rooms work well for collaborating and discussing a specific topic. After a discussion in a breakout room, for example, one member of a group can share the group's findings or ideas with everyone else.
  12. Enable Participants to Collaborate with "Annotation" and "Whiteboarding" Tools. - The "annotation" feature allows you to doodle, spotlight and insert text on whatever is on a shared screen (a slide, document, website, etc.). Another similar feature for annotating on a screen is "whiteboard." The difference between these tools is that annotation lets you draw on a shared screen while whiteboard lets you draw on a blank screen.

Common Technology Issues

The most common Zoom technology problems and how to fix them:

  • Webcam or Audio Issue:
    • Uncheck "Do not connect to Audio" and "Turn Off My Video" settings in the meeting ID pop-up.
    • Ensure all other programs/applications that use the webcam are closed.
    • Test Zoom audio and video.
    • Check Zoom app permissions in Mac or PC settings.
    • If all else fails, uninstall and reinstall Zoom.
  • Audio Echoing Issue:
    • Ensure both computer and telephone audio are not on at the same time.
    • Ensure computer and telephone speakers are not in close proximity to each other.
    • If in the same room as someone also on the Zoom call, ensure you and the other person are not in close proximity to each other.
  • Zoom Lags or Freezes:
    • This issue is usually due to poor internet connection. To fix, try the following:
      • Get close to the wireless router in use.
      • Check internet connection speed.
      • Uncheck the "Enable HD" and "Touch Up My Appearance" options on the "Video" panel in "Settings" (the cog icon). This will decrease the amount of bandwidth your video connection requires and can help fix the lag.

International Perspectives on University Teaching & Learning Symposium June 2-4, 2021

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Last Updated: March 21, 2022