GSS Faculty and Staff Webinars

faculty and staff

Global Student Success is constantly exploring ways to internationalize Northeastern’s campus through innovative services and collaborations. The GSS webinar series focuses on ways to better serve our international student populations. These quick webinars:

  • Promote internationalization at our institution
  • Pull from current research on intercultural competency
  • Offer concrete professional development opportunities for faculty and staff 


Our webinar program is in the planning stages - please check back soon for more information.


Click below to view recordings of our previous webinars.

Language and Academics

Title: Motivating through Exposure to a Desired Future: 'Eat Dessert First'
Presenter: Michelle Park, NU Global
When learners do not feel an intrinsic interest or a sense of urgency around a distant goal, they can easily lose motivation. This webinar will introduce a pedagogical concept of "Pipeline" that motivates students by giving them exposure to a version of their “future selves” that is closer to achieving a goal – allowing learners to envision their future and acknowledge what it will require of them. This direct exposure to future demands is intended to increase how much students value the work needed to prepare for that future. The webinar will include qualitative and quantitative survey data that indicate how students’ experience in the target domain helped learners construct motivation and better perceive future demands. It will define the pre-matriculation programs available at Northeastern University while also providing information and implications on how faculty, staff, and administration can benefit from the findings to mutually enhance learning and teaching while working with international as well as domestic students.
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Title:  A Conversation about Second Language Development with Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman 
Moderated by Dr. Lucy Bunning, Assistant Teaching Professor, Global Pathways. Among the panelists are Mr. Mariusz Bojarczuk, ESL instructor; Dr. Lydia Young, the Department of Education; Dr. Rick Arrowood, Leadership Program; Dr. Brent Griffin, Assistant Teaching Professor, Global Pathways
Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman is a leading scholar in the area of second language learning and teaching. She is Professor Emerita, University of Michigan; Research Scientist Emerita, English Language Institute, University of Michigan; Professor Emerita, SIT Graduate Institute; Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Larsen-Freeman has made presentations in 65 countries around the world and is the author of eight books and hundreds of articles. Larsen-Freeman focuses her research and interests on attempting to understand the process of second language acquisition. In addition, she has found that chaos/complexity theory provides new insights into language, its acquisition, and its use. She sees all three as complex, non-linear, dynamic processes. This approach also acknowledges the individual paths that students chart to second language success and views teaching as fundamentally a process of managing learning. This session will be especially helpful for those who teach international students. Among the questions Dr. Larsen-Freeman will address are: What is the connection between research on language learning and language teaching?  To what extent should the higher education community be informed about dominant conversations in the area of second language learning?  How do individual differences impact the outcome of second language learning? 
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Title: Using Turnitin Feedback Tools in Face-to-Face and Online Classes
Presenter: Dr. Veronika Maliborska, NU Global
If you are already using Turnitin in your courses to prevent and detect plagiarism in papers, this workshop can help you effectively use the feedback/comment tools also available through this platform. The webinar will cover how comment categories can be edited and organized for the purpose of your class and how comments can be color coded in the Quick Marks section, how general text comments can be added and how audio comments can be recorded (permitting more individualized feedback, especially in online courses) in the General Comments section, and how the comments can be saved for offline work or other purposes. This webinar will showcase the different means for instructors to provide formative writing feedback to international non-native English speakers.
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Title: Repurposing Turnitin to Teach Academic Writing
Presenter: Dr. Ilka Kostka - Assistant Teaching Professor
Turnitin is arguably the most popular matched-text detection software program, yet the program is typically used for punitive purposes. Recent research, however, has begun to shed light on the potential of Turnitin to support academic writing instruction, not punish students and detect plagiarism. In this presentation, I will first discuss relevant scholarship on plagiarism detection software. I will then illustrate how I use Turnitin as a teaching tool in my undergraduate English as a Second Language (ESL) reading and writing course.
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Title: The Delicate Balancing Act: Integrating ELL Techniques and Methods into Content Courses
Presenter: Ted Miller – NU Global Faculty
Teaching English language learners can be challenging when deficiencies exist in their language acquisition. In this webinar, Dr. Miller discusses practical ways to implement and fold English language techniques and methods into content-specific courses. Viewers will learn both theory and skills on creating a welcoming classroom environment that fosters both language and content acquisition from English language learners.
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Title: English Language Acquisition and Culturally Situated Learning: Implications for American Academic Context        
Presenter: Natasha Watson, Ph.D. - NU Global Faculty
International students in American universities encounter numerous challenges in their new environments ranging from English academic literacy to distinctly different pedagogical practices. In addition to the struggles experienced by students, their professors are frequently at a loss trying to untangle this bundle of complexity: Class participants are second language learners and new to the local academic culture. Despite a genuine concern for international students’ success, instructors of non-linguistic disciplines may lack better understanding of the processes involved in second language acquisition and their interaction with culture and cognition. Thus academic expectations may be motivated by wrong assumptions.                                                                                                                 

This presentation aims to address the most salient issues in second language acquisition, including language aspects to be learned, the role of age, cognition, and culturally situated learning. The presenter will also discuss pedagogical suggestions informed by research and practice in teaching/learning English as a second language.
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Title: Interpreting Scores on English Language Proficiency Tests
Presenter: Dr. Erik Voss - NU Global Faculty
In this webinar you could learn:

  • How English language proficiency tests (ELPTs) differ from classroom assessment
  • How ELPTs are designed and developed
  • How scores on ELPTs are calculated, reported and interpreted

Dr. Erik Voss discusses the definition of English language proficiency tests, how such tests are developed and how they differ from educational (classroom) assessment. This will lay the foundation for a presentation of score reporting and interpretation using TOEFL iBT as an example. Finally, Dr. Voss compares score reporting on other standardized English language proficiency tests. By the end of the webinar, participants should have a better understanding of the differences between proficiency testing and classroom assessment, and understand how to interpret scores from a standardized English test. 
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Title: The Corpus-Based Approach to Language Teaching and Learning and its relevance to International Students   
Speaker: Randi Reppen, PhD (Professor of Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University) Interviewers: Erik Voss, PhD, and Crissy McMartin-Miller, PhD (NU Global Faculty)
Dr. Reppen, a world-renowned linguist, will discuss the importance of the corpus-based approach to language learning and teaching for international students. Corpus linguistics draws on analyses of large databases of natural language stored on computer, thereby enabling the exploration of vocabulary, grammar, discourse, and register variation. Among the questions Dr. Reppen will address are: What is corpus linguistics and how has it changed our view of language teaching and our understanding of language? How can higher education benefit from the corpus linguistics approach? What are the best tools for students to use independently in college classes? How can professors of various disciplines benefit from this pedagogical innovation? This session will especially be helpful for faculty teaching international students. This is an interactive interview session led by Dr. Voss and Dr. McMartin-Miller." 
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Title: Writing Proficiency & Academic Honesty: Strategies for Faculty
Presenter: Crissy McMartin-Miller – NU Global Faculty
This webinar led by NU Global faculty member Crissy McMartin-Miller will focus on three of the top concerns when teaching second language learners: writing proficiency, plagiarism, and ensuring academic standards. The webinar will cover tips for effectively working with students, resources available, and pedagogical and cultural approaches to improving writing across the curriculum.
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Advising and General Support

Title: Introduction to Student Management Teams as a Faculty Resource
Presenters: Dr. Hilary Schuldt (CATLR) and Vincent Capone (GSS)
This webinar will introduce the concept of initiating student management teams within your classroom to benefit instruction and international student populations. It will define what student management teams are, examine research into this topic from other leading institutions, and discuss its implementation within CPS courses this past fall 2015 term. The webinar will present benefits of this resource in the classroom for both faculty and students, while also providing information on how faculty can initiate a student management team within their classroom for future terms.
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Title: Nine Tips for Working with International Students
Presenters: David Fields and Christina Lambert – Global Student Success
This workshop can benefit anyone working with or teaching international students. These tips cover techniques and suggestions and give examples from real student interactions.
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Title: Supporting Chinese Students on Campus
Presenter:  Annie Hsu – Assistant Director, Global Student Success
Are you interested in how to better support Chinese students? This workshop will cover the different stages of culture shock and address the cultural and educational challenges that Chinese students face in the U.S.
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Title: Supporting International Graduate and Professional Students
Presenter: Dan Volchok – Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life & Global Connections; Christina Lambert –Student Support Specialist, Global Student Success
This workshop explores the role culture plays in adjustment, challenges international students face, and discussions for possible programming and instructional solutions to the challenges. This webinar is the sixth installment of the Global Student Success Webinar Wednesday series.
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Title: International Student Advising and ISSI
Presenters: Justin Repici – Academic Adviser, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; Amy Wooldridge – Senior Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI)
How does international student advising intersect with ISSI? This presentation discusses strategies for advising international students, the key role of ISSI and the resources available at Northeastern. Faculty and staff will learn useful ideas and information to incorporate into their daily interactions and advising of students.
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Title: Teaching International Students: Cross Cultural Perspectives
Presenters: Dr. Chieh Li, Dr. Rachel Rodgers, Rachel Ruah, Zhenhu Hou, and Zhenshan Zhong (Department of Applied Psychology)
This webinar discusses teaching international students from cross cultural perspectives through a dialogue held among faculty, international students, cross-cultural researchers, and a visiting scholar from China. The presenters use research as well as firsthand experience to discuss themes.
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Title: Pronunciation of Chinese Names
Presenter: Francis Griffin – Assistant Director, Global Pathways / American Classroom Programs
Baffled by the pronunciation of Chinese names? This workshop can help! The Chinese use a phonetic system called pinyin; join us to learn more.
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Title: Chinese Students, How much do you Really Know about Them?
Presenter:  Hong (Helen) Zhang, Ed.D. – Assistant Dean for  International Program Development, College of Professional Studies
With the growing prevalence of Chinese students enrolling in American colleges and universities, there is an increasing awareness among American faculty and administrators regarding Chinese students’ cultural differences. The transition from a Chinese to American education system is not an easy journey considering the great differences in the teaching and learning systems. How to support Chinese students in their transitional process has become an important topic to be discussed among American faculty and administrators. Dr. Zhang will present general information about China, education in China, as well as aspects of the Chinese culture for American educators to gain an insightful understanding about Chinese students’ cross-cultural challenges. In this webinar you'll learn about:

  • Education in China
  • Chinese students’ motives to study in the United States 
  • Chinese students’ transition challenges in U.S. universities and colleges
  • A gap between Chinese and American students—Voices from Chinese students and their American peers

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Global Education

Title: Teaching Expectations and Learning Experiences in Boston and Abroad: My Journey Learning About the Who, How, and Why I Teach in the Global Classroom
Presenter: Rick Arrowood, JD - Global Leadership Program Faculty, Nonprofit Management Chair and Lead Faculty Member
This webinar is based on Rick’s experiences in the global academic and cultural environments of Australia, Vietnam, and China. He will discuss his personal journey of learning about the importance of getting to know his students, finding ways to connect, and maintaining life-long relationships. Rick will also share self-developed techniques that have succeeded in engaging students in classroom discussions, group work, and team or individual presentations.
As a visiting professor in the Global Leadership Programs at Swinburne University (Melbourne, Australia) and International University Vietnam National (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Rick embraces opportunities to learn from students, delivers robust interactive online and blended courses, collaborates with faculty on three continents, and helps to strengthen relationships with our transnational educational partners. As he prepares for classes abroad, Rick is constantly reminded of an American colleague’s insightful advice to "approach every international opportunity with the attitude that one is there to learn first, teach secondly." Excitingly, his learning experiences span the globe with students from Australia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, Libya, the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan), France, Germany, England, Russia, and more. Even more invigorating however, these classrooms afford Rick the opportunity to facilitate a magical blending of curiosity, courageousness, and cultures.
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Title: Globalization and Preparing Graduates for the 21st Century Workforce
Moderator: Mary Thompson-Jones, EdD Presenters: Mindy Anastasia, MEd, Joanne F. Goldstein, JD, Leslie P. Hitch, EdD
With what has come to be known as the global knowledge economy, a challenge for higher education has emerged:  how to address the learning and professional development needs of students who now think of themselves as global citizens. These include nearly 4.5 million students in 2015 who will study outside of their native country to learn another language, to understand another culture, and to prepare to compete in the global knowledge economy.  CPS has positioned itself to take on this challenge and invites you to join this lively panel discussion which offers insights on the benefits and challenges of internationalization trends and the implications for faculty roles. Your takeaways will be practical approaches for integrating global dimensions in your teaching, scholarship and service. 
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Title: Creating a Web-Based Learning Experience Where International and U.S. Students Succeed
Presenter: Susan Letterman White, CPS Faculty (Northeastern University)
This presentation provides viewers with an overview of the challenges and opportunities in teaching an experiential, web-based course to a group of predominantly international students. The presentation includes student and industry data and instructional best practices. Based on these “tips from the trenches,” viewers learn about some of the common challenges of the international student and ways to connect students with each other for mutual benefit while creating an experience that engages all types of learners and develops them into employees who can think for themselves.
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Resources from Presentation: PPT slide deck, Syllabus Resources, Article: "Engaging Across Differences"

Title: Internationalizing Course Outcomes: Designing a Globally Inclusive Course
Presenters: Susan Chang and Michael Fried (from CALTR)
Northeastern University is becoming increasingly global, both in terms of the reach of our programs and the students we attract. Crafting learning outcomes that intentionally incorporate the global diversity of your students as part of the course design process can orient your course toward greater inclusion. This webinar will introduce participants to the idea of ‘backward design,’ a course design process which begins with learning outcomes and identifies the assessments and activities necessary to achieve those outcomes. Through backward design the global diversity of a course can become an invited and welcome source of student learning rather than an obstacle for the instructor to overcome. This webinar was only offered live.
CATLR periodically offers an in-person workshop on the same topic - click here to check availability.

Title: International Students’ Perspectives on University Classroom Culture (Part I)
Moderator: Dr. Lucy Bunning, NU Global Faculty Student
Panel: Nick Hsu (CPS graduate), Mehdi Mtimet (CPS undergraduate), Tomi Druyan (CPS undergraduate), Racha Ladhari (CPS undergraduate)
This is part one of a two-part series on the experiences of international students on campus. International students need more than a good TOEFL score to succeed in an American university. They have to figure out how to participate in the classroom culture of their courses. A panel of international graduate and undergraduate students will respond to questions about how they developed their understanding of the expectations of their university courses and how they adapted. Students’ insights will shed light on cultural practices in the classroom that can be easily taken for granted by those who are already familiar with the classroom culture. 
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Title: International Students’ Perspectives on University Classroom Culture (Part II)
Presenter: Dr. Lucy Bunning, NU Global Faculty Student 
This is part two of a two-part series on international students on campus. Dr. Bunning returns to discuss some of the issues and themes discussed in the student panel from part one. Topics include the student experience in terms of classroom participation, student-faculty interaction, and integration to the American campus.
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