This project will conduct activities over a twelve month time frame in three phases starting once funding is received in 2014. The project is designed to deliver results in sequence, so that each finding can feed into the interpretation of subsequent work. Apart from regular informal consultation sessions with reference group members, formal briefings with the reference group will be organized at the end of each phase. The reference group includes both internal and external senior professionals who have relevant expertise to provide guidance on the design, development and ongoing evaluation of the project. The reference group will help maximize the impact of our deliverables within the University of South Australia, as well as at La Trobe University and Murdoch University. The final briefing will be a roundtable discussion which will prepare the groundwork for the proposed larger project proposal.
- A chapter for the Handbook of Research on Study Abroad Programs and Outbound Mobility, edited by Donna Velliaris and Deb Coleman-George and published by IGI Global
- Presentation entitled, ‘Ready for take-off: Preparing students for intercultural learning in Asia’ at the 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), 5-9 July 2015, Adelaide.
- Presentation entitled ‘Critical components in preparing students for short-term study tours to Asia’ at the 29th Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), 6-9 October, 2015, Adelaide.
A project rountable was held at the University of South Australia in August. The 45 invitees included representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), student mobility companies, student mobility officers from other universities, project members from other similar, OLT-funded studies, research participants, stakeholders from the University of South Australia and students. The project team presented research findings and resources developed from the study, and facilitated discussion regarding future research directions, resources needed and opportunities for collaboration.