On February 27, seven university administrators and educators from Belarus visited NOVA’s Alexandria Campus to expand their knowledge of distance learning and instructional technology curriculum practices used at the collegiate level.
NOVA-Alexandria Dean of Liberal Arts Jim McClellan, Lead Assistant Dean Shonette Grant, Director of Instructional Services Preston Davis and Coordinator of Technology Innovation in Learning and Teaching (TILT) Kirstin Riddick hosted an open forum with their visiting colleagues to exchange ideas and best practices related to e-learning and digital education. Each faculty member shared their own insights on NOVA’s approaches to effective methods and innovative ways to incorporate technology and hybrid learning into the curriculum. The forum concluded with a tour of the Alexandria Campus.
Educators from Belarus were invited to the US under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), arranged by the Meridian International Center’s Professional Exchange Division. They will be in the US for three weeks, traveling to various institutions in Washington, DC, Manchester, N.H., Columbus, Ohio, Salt Lake City, Utah and Chicago, Ill., to conduct research on their IVLP project, “Higher Education in the Digital Age.”
“This forum is a vital introductory piece of starting a conversation of how we can continue to internationalize NOVA’s curriculum as well as lead by example,” said Leeza Fernand, associate director of the Office of International Education Programs. “We can provide more abroad opportunities for our students and also learn what we as administrators need to do in order to prepare our students to be globally competent.”
According to the IVLP, each year nearly 5,000 international visitors come to the US through the program. More than 200,000 international visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former chiefs of state or heads of government. Through short-term visits to the US, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.