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The release of HTML5, she says, also made making programs
interactive much easier-a key element the team is using to make
the orientation a more engaging tool. For example, "I can take a
map of campus and make it interactive: 'Find our international
center.' They can find it and get it correct," Lampner says. "I can
basically do all kinds of cool interactive actions and it'll run on any
browser."
That sort of intricacy would have taken hours to do years ago,
she says, and would have required a technologically savvy person
to create it. Now, she can teach a less tech-savvy hire to do the
same in relatively less time.
But for all the bells and whistles, practically speaking, for
incoming English as a second language students, captioned videos
and simply the ability to slow down speech may be the most
valuable parts of the orientation. Instructional designer Ling Qian,
who is part of the team designing the orientation, says that aspect
of the tool spoke to her as an international student who came to
the United States from China just two years ago.
"In online orientations, I can choose to slow down the speed, or
watch as much as possible to fully understand," she says. "In a physical space, I feel bad if I stop the instructor and ask questions, but
in the online one I can [take the time to] really understand. I can
Google things. It's very convenient for second-language speakers."

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With that convenience, Kille is hoping to use the orientation as a
yield tool as well to help excite students before they arrive-increasing those who come to campus and decreasing those who back out.
Last year, Akron saw about 300 international undergraduate students arrive and, Kille says, she's hoping to push the number closer
to 400, as the university courts more students from abroad.

Using Tech to Address a Challenge
The online module concept Akron is riffing on comes in many
forms. At the University of Michigan, two projects funded by
grants from the provost's office are intentionally being left public
as a potential resource for those even beyond the university.
The first is a recently completed website called Resilient
Traveling designed to help students with mental health issues
associated with travel. "We're individually working with and
seeing more students having challenges while abroad," says Katie
Lopez, assistant director of the University of Michigan's Office of
Global activities. "Instead of just being reactionary, we're being
proactive in talking about these potential issues."
Lopez, working with Kelly Kowatch, the director of the Office
of Professional and Community Engagement in the School of
Information, and a large in-house team spanning several other
University of Michigan schools, chose to address mental health


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Canada
Quick Questions
Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover1
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover2
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 7
International Educator - March/April 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Brief
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 12
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Global Spotlight: Canada
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 14
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 15
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 17
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 23
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 26
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 27
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 31
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Education Leadership
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