This trip is made possible by the University of Maryland’s Global Partnerships Staff Travel Grant Competition, sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, and the support of my Manager and Director in the University’s Division of Information Technology, and all my colleagues in the Learning Technology Design group and the campus community. The 2016 call for proposals reads:
Recognizing the integral role that University of Maryland staff play in the internationalization of the student experience— one of our top institutional priorities— the Office of International Affairs (OIA) announces the 2016 round c Global Partnerships-Staff Travel Grants Competition. Global Partnerships-Staff Travel Grants will fund full-time staff members to visit UMD partner institutions around the globe to acquire new ideas and learn “Best Practices” that might be implemented in the grantee’s area of work. Grants up to $5,000 will support travel to one or more existing university global partners. Funds can be used to cover transportation, accommodations, food, and other travel-related expenses.
I’m also incredibly grateful to the past winners of the grant, who answered my questions about their experiences. I will be happy to “pay it forward” to anyone thinking about applying for future trips.