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How Might International Education Evolve in The Next Decade?

Wednesday, July 15th: 4:00 PM EDT

Our opening panel of leaders from across international education and technology will address the question of, “How might international education evolve in the next decade?”

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New Directions in Education Abroad: Talking Gen Z, Diversity & Inclusion, Career Readiness, & K-12

Thursday, July 16th: 4:00 PM EDT

For the closing address, hear from 6 speakers who will present TED-style talks on key events in 2020: COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement and their impact on education abroad as it relates to Generation Z, Diversity & Inclusion, Career Readiness and engaging with the K-12 sector.


Opening Reception & Trivia!

Tuesday, July 14th, 4:00 PM EDT – 5:30 PM EDT

Join us for the opening reception of BOLD where we will announce and honor the winners of the Resilience Grants. Test your knowledge of all things international education by joining us for a game of trivia after the opening ceremony!

How Do We Fund International Education in the Next Decade?

Wednesday, July 15th, 10:30 - 11:30 AM EDT

Funding (or lack thereof) drives most decision-making processes whether we like it or not. If international education is going to survive and thrive in the next decade, we need to find new strategies and partners for funding international educational experiences.
Our panelists will discuss the key value propositions of both study abroad offices and organizations, as well as provide guidance on how effectively communicating this value (in a way that resonates with external parties) can open up new funding avenues.

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The Database that Solves All Your Problems..... Doesn't Exist

Wednesday, July 15th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Data-informed decisions are best, but let's face it - data can be scary and frustrating. Databases and CRMs are incredible tools to help you collect and analyze data when they are set up and implemented correctly. In this session, discover helpful tips to get the most out of your database.

In this session, experts in implementing a variety of data-based solutions (for both the techie and non-techie) will offer helpful tips to get the most out of any database you utilize.

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Emerging Tech in International Education: Using Blockchain to Track Academic Accomplishments and The Possibilities of Augmented / Virtual Reality

Wednesday, July 15th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

In the near future, augmented and virtual reality may become a significant part of global learning. Blockchain has the potential to be a source of truth for academic accomplishments and will likely usher in a new era of widespread micro-credentialing.

Hear from a panel of tech experts on how emerging technologies may become a part of the international education experience in the next decade. To play a role in shaping this future, it's important to understand the technological innovations being made. Join the conversation.

Confirmed Panelists:
  • Philippos Savvides - Assistant Director, Learning Technology, Arizona State University
  • Phillip Long - Special Advisor at Arizona State University & Senior Scholar, CNDLS, Georgetown University

Showcasing Your Programs in Via TRM

Wednesday, July 15th, 11:30 - 12:00 PM EDT

Program Brochures are like the cover of a book or a store front. They are an opportunity to communicate what is unique about your programs to potentially tens of thousands of students in Via TRM.

In this session, our Via TRM product experts will help you optimize Program Brochures to maximize efficacy. You will learn how to use a Program Brochure’s digital real estate to drive clicks, student engagement, and ultimately boost program participation.

Engaging #EveryStudent with Via TRM: Freshmen, Men, STEM, Athletes, Academic Areas, etc.

Wednesday, July 15th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
Equitable access to global opportunities is critical for the future of international education. To reach new audiences (and keep them engaged) practitioners need to have both an overarching strategy and a toolbox of tactics.
In this session, we will hear from a panel of Via TRM Clients about the strategies and tactics they employ to reach their target audiences utilizing the data and features in Via TRM. We will discuss how to speak to, and target various audiences, increase engagement within specific groups, and lean into the Gen Z preference of receiving communications with a personal touch.
Confirmed Panelists:
  • Tina Kirk - Director of Education Abroad at University of Central Oklahoma
  • Leo Meijer - Education Abroad Advisor/Program Manager, University of New Hampshire

Program Director, USG Goes Global - Porto, Portugal


BOLD Approaches to Streamlining Applications & Pre-Departure

Wednesday, July 15th, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Would you rather have more steps to complete a task or fewer? Students feel the same 😉
A panel of Via TRM Clients will share their strategies for getting to simple when it comes to applications and pre-departure materials without sacrificing the due diligence that is incumbent upon all of us. We will discuss the impact, both for staff and students, of creating streamlined processes and describe how simple really is better.
"Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." - Steve Jobs
Confirmed Panelists:
  • David Black - International Education Program Manager, University of Toledo
  • Leslie Laguna - Client Success Manager, Via TRM

A Debate on the Value and Pitfalls of Virtual Global Programming

Thursday, July 16th, 11:00 - 12:00 PM EDT

Via TRM saw a 120% increase of programs with "virtual" in the title in spring/summer 2020. Join us for a rumble as we have a friendly debate around the opportunities and challenges of virtual global programming as it relates to the future of education abroad. Our panelists will debate the following questions and more:

  • Can we replace study abroad with virtual exchange "for now" / for the fall?
  • How do you get buy-in from campus leadership for this kind of experience?
  • How can we gauge/assess the impact of virtual exchange on students?

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Christine Trinidad - Assistant Director, Education Abroad Support Services, Michigan State University


How to Host Digital Events (That Are Almost as Good as Events IRL)

Thursday, July 16th, 12:30 - 1:30 PM EDT

When did Zooming become a verb? Are there better ways to host digital events that keep your audience engaged and coming back for more?

In this session, we will discuss some of the inherent advantages to hosting digital events and ways that going digital will allow you to increase access for your target audiences. Join us to learn about the psychology of digital engagement and bring it home with ideas and proven practices for hosting digital events that can help inform how you approach your next fall study abroad fair, returnee events, faculty training and more. Level up your next digital event - your students will appreciate it!

Confirmed Panelists:
  • Karolyn Andrews - Director of Education Abroad at University of California, Riverside
  • Micaela Mathre - Director of Marketing & Client Experience, Via TRM

Making Via TRM a “Full- Time Employee”

Thursday, July 16th, 2:00 - 2:30 PM EDT
In our current world, many of us are doing more with fewer resources, time, staff, and energy. So many practitioners in international education juggle several roles at the same time. With a systemic lack of resources, how can we get more done with less?
Learn practical ways to make Via's Traveler Relationship Management software the equivalent of another full-time employee for a fraction of that cost. In this session you will learn tips on how to streamline processes and implement Via TRM to help as many students as possible while also helping yourself get more done.
Students Speak: The Next Generation on Jobs, Study Abroad, COVID-19

Morning stretch & meditation

July 15th & 16th, 10:00 AM EDT

Start each morning of BOLD off with a guided stretch and meditation.

Peer mentoring sessions

July 15th & 16th, 10:00 - 11:30 AM EDT

Grab a cup of coffee and meet with a peer for a 30 minute mentoring session. Mentors have been selected and vetted for their expertise in specific areas and are available to speak with you about anything you like within the topics listed in their bio. Topics covered will include: budgeting, outreach, marketing, women in leadership, and personal branding. Via TRM Clients are encouraged to book a peer session with a Via TRM Client Mentor.

Lunch & learn

July 15th & 16th, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

Select from a variety of topics and join a group for a lunch and learn conversation.

Pre-Seminar Workshops, with IEP

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Join us for two optional pre-seminar workshops, for $49, with IEP.

1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT Creative Capacity: Working with What You’ve Got

Budget cuts, layoffs and hiring freezes. Lately, we are hearing these words frequently, and your team may feel stretched thin headed into the fall semester. How can you possibly do the same work (or more) with less funding or staffing? This session will help you meet these challenges head on by developing a plan to evaluate current office processes and platforms, identify inefficiencies, harness your data, and discover practical solutions to help your team weather the current storm.

2:30 - 3:30 PM EDT How to Market Study Abroad When Travel is Grounded

With so much uncertainty surrounding international education, it can be a challenge to keep your students and faculty engaged. However, we know that now, more than ever, institutions need to be educating students on how to solve global issues. In this session, we will discuss communication strategy for students, faculty, and the larger campus community. We’ll explore strategies for marketing in the current climate, leveraging your current CRM software, creating more virtual spaces, and revisiting best practices for outreach and recruitment.

We are committed to shaping the future of education abroad and ensuring that #EveryStudent has access to global opportunities.