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Virtual Learning & Advising Resources
Transformative Doesn’t Happen by Chance
Diversity Abroad has developed a new online platform to help advisors deliver inclusive and targeted resources to support the success of today’s digital savvy student throughout their education abroad experience.
As international education offices aim to increase and diversify global program participation at their campuses, advisors need to be equipped with the right advising and learning tools to support the participation and success of all students. Each tool within the Virtual Learning & Advising Resources is designed to deliver content that is identity-specific and takes into consideration diverse students’ concerns, such as their wellness, safety and security. Understanding that international education offices and advisors’ capacity and resources at home and host campuses can sometimes be limited, these resources supplement existing services and aid in increasing equitable access and allow students to feel supported no matter the time, place or subject matter.
Benefits of Virtual Learning & Advising Resources
Virtual Learning & Advising Resources are used by international education professionals to support students at each step of the education abroad process - from exploring global programs and pre-departure to onsite and career readiness. These resources will be there when students face unexpected challenges and can be a preventative learning tool. Below are additional benefits for professionals and students:
Time & Capacity
All student advising takes time, especially when there is close to a 70:1 student to full-time staff ratio in education abroad. Time crunched advisors can direct their students to the Virtual Learning & Advising Resources, which complement the work of advisors by guiding and providing support to students throughout the education abroad process.
Reach on Campus
To expand participation and better prepare students for success in education abroad we have to reach them where they are. Whether it’s another campus unit referring students to Virtual Learning & Advising Resources or leveraging the tool to supplement pre-departure orientation, this tool positions your office to provide advising support to students no matter where they are.
When you cannot be there, our resources will be. Whether a student is nervous about coming to speak to someone about the experience of a person of color abroad, or they are in-country and experience a crisis, our virtual resources are everywhere your students are.
Culturally relevant resources compile advice, experiences, and research to provide a holistic system of support for diverse students from exploration to re-entry. This is particularly important for students in-country who are not prepared for what they may face based on their identity and may not have onsite staff who understand their cultural context.
The Virtual Learning & Advising Resources cover the following areas related to the global programs continuum in order to support students through every phase:
Learn more about each of the unique resources that comprise the Virtual Learning & Advising Resources:
Virtual Learning & Advising Modules
A series of short and engaging microlearning modules that provide diverse and underrepresented students with culturally relevant and identity-specific information to enhance learning and support their success while pursuing education abroad. Modules are supplemented by resource pages, quizzes, reflection activities, and online workshops.
Examples of Modules:
Online Learning & Advising Workshops
Live online workshops that build on the Virtual Learning & Advising Modules and engage the Diversity Abroad Student Community via discussion while connecting them to experts in the field and one another.
Examples of Workshops:
Country-Specific Diversity & Inclusion Guides
Select Destination guides are available to premium users to explore how their identities can be taken into consideration when planning to travel to a specific country. Just look for the identity icons to on every destination guide!
Who is this for?
The Virtual Learning & Advising Resources were developed to support the success of all students and young people engaged in global educational programs with a special focus on those from diverse and traditionally marginalized populations. Students gain access to the resources through their institutions or sponsoring organizations subscription to the Virtual Learning & Advising Resources. Subscription is ideal for the following entities:
Virtual Learning & Advising Resources are available on a subscription basis. Diversity Abroad members are eligible to receive discounts and special pricing is available for community colleges, select minority serving institutions, and small nonprofit organizations.