As we return from the NAFSA conference, we are proud to announce that API won the GoAbroad award for Innovation in Online Programming for our Quarantine and Self-Isolation Learning Experience!
API designed a unique skills-based learning experience for program participants who may have to quarantine or self-isolate during their in-country international experience. Our objective was to produce an experience that gave students a meaningful and productive way to use their time. We also wanted to combat any culture shock or homesickness that may be exacerbated through quarantine and self-isolation.
In the experience, students navigate content modules designed to develop essential skills necessary to maximize their time abroad. These skills include resilience, mindfulness, intercultural learning, reflection, and goal-setting. Additionally, learners receive support from API on-site staff, including regular chats, check-ins, and notifications all delivered via the APIConnect Learning Experience App. The learning experience is designed for the students to navigate over multiple days during quarantine or self-isolation and encompasses around 15 contact hours of student work.
The course is the result of a cross-functional collaboration at API, with our Proprietary Programming Team (namely Brody Tate, Curriculum Developer and Jamie Weaver, Instructional Designer) working closely with on-site staff, including Regional and Resident Directors, and API’s Student Success team to ensure students have an engaging quality learning experience.
With API’s Pausing for Perspective: Quarantine and Self-Isolation Learning Experience, students have the chance to meaningfully use their time in quarantine that promotes increased well-being and mindfulness.
You can learn more about our award and other GoAbroad winners here.
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