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User Guide

An important part of the Global Student Online Courses is for students to answer questions for reflection and do research in order to prepare for, make the most of, and make sense of their study abroad experience. Not only will they be completing these exercises individually, but they will also be interacting with other students who are on similar journeys as well as administrators and others whose knowledge and experience can be of use to them. As a result of their individual work and group interactions, students will gain insight into their experience and hopefully help others to do the same.

Each course has a number of Modules, organized by content area. Each Module has a number of Tasks with Actions that students will be asked to complete. The Actions range from reading articles, linking to information, doing research, meeting with advisors, and creating personal plans; to watching videos, hearing interviews, reflecting on questions, writing essays, presenting their experiences, and taking quizzes to assess their knowledge.

If a student has traveled before, theyíll have opportunities throughout the courses to contribute their ideas as described in the Interaction section below so that other students may benefit from their experience.

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Individual Reflection: The Information Log (Info Log)

Throughout the courses, students will be asked to record their thoughts, feelings, opinions, and research in an Information Log (Info Log) for later reference. As the students go through each module, they will build on their Info Log and can then export it to show parents, friends, teachers, and other students.

How and where students record their information can vary (blog, website, journal, etc.) and is up to their own preferences if they are completing the courses independently. If they are completing the courses as a group, their group leader may designate the format that their Info Log should take. Suggestions for the format of the Info Log are listed in Course 1 in the second action Create Your Info Log of the first task Create Info Log and Plan for Interaction of the first module Intro to Course 1: Before You Leave.

No matter how the students decide to set up their Info Logs, it is important for them to record their thoughts, reflections, and experiences in order to be able to reflect on their process for later learning.

Interaction With Others (Interaction)

In various parts of the courses, students will be asked to look at information and/or reflections that others have gathered; whether it be searching for other studentsí Info Logs, blogs, websites, or postings in general. Students can choose how they would like to interact with others. For example, they may search for blogs or websites of other students who are currently studying abroad or if they are taking the courses as a group, students can be directed to search through a special website or blog page the group leader has set up for students to interact with each other. Some suggestions for interacting with others (Interaction) are listed in Course 1 in the fifth action Explore Options for Interactions of the first task Create Info Log and Plan for Interaction of the first module Intro to Course 1: Before You Leave.

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