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Tech
Abroad
BY CATHY YARBROUGH

Computer science and technology students get a global
perspective with unique education abroad experiences
that help them prepare for their future careers.

J

A SMINE HE N TS C HE L E XPE RIE N C E D A " TE AC HIN G MOME N T"

during her two months in India in 2015 as a graduate student in the University of Michigan's Global Information Exchange Program (GIEP).

Jasmine Hentschel
(in the red shirt), a
University of Michigan
graduate student,
listens in a meeting
with members of a
rural village in India
about the Digital
Green program,
an international
nonprofit
organization that
trains farmers in
India's rural villages
to help other farmers
improve their
agricultural practices.
KRISHNA VADREVU

Before traveling to the vast South Asian
country, Hentschel and two other University of
Michigan graduate students who had signed up
for GIEP worked together for five months to plan
a technology-based training model for Digital
Green, an international nonprofit organization
that trains farmers in India's rural villages to help
other farmers improve their agricultural practices.
However, soon after arriving at their client's
headquarters in New Delhi, the three students
discovered that the model that they had developed at the University of Michigan "was not
going to work," said Hentschel. "We realized
that we would have to take a step back."
The three students initially could not agree
on their next steps on the project, which they
had already spent countless days and nights
working on in Michigan. "We argued about

whether the plans that we had created in
Michigan were usable or whether they should
be thrown away," said Hentschel.
An official of Digital Green who served as
the students' mentor noticed that something
was wrong. "It was the look of anguish on our
faces," joked Hentschel. After hearing about
the students' dilemma, the mentor told them
to "embrace uncertainty, because it's part of the
process," Hentschel recalled. "When she said
that, a light bulb went off. This was a serious
teaching moment for us.
"We all realized that we had learned a lot,
but had to start over," said Hentschel, who was
awarded an MS degree in information at the
University of Michigan in 2015.
Students who participate in the GIEP are exposed to the kinds of problems that they likely

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2016

Toward a Better World
Tech Abroad
The University of Virginia Seeks to Emulate Its Founder
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2016 - In Brief
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