Forum on Teaching and Learning Virtually with International Students: Best Practices and Challenges During the Pandemic

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Earlier this semester, the Office of China Programs and the Asian Studies Center hosted a discussion on Teaching Virtually During the Pandemic with Students in China. The forum was well-received and a follow-up forum was requested. We do hope that you will consider joining this follow-up event, focusing more broadly on teaching and learning virtually with international students during the pandemic. We will feature an international student panel and a faculty/staff panel reflecting on challenges and successes so far. You can register here.


8:00-8:03 - Welcome, Introductions (Ms. Jennifer Wargo, Office of China Programs)

8:03-8:10 - Opening Comments (Dr. Aminda Smith, MSU History Department)

8:10-8:20 - International Student "Interview Style" Panel (Dr. Smith to moderate) 

  • How has the fall semester been for you so far? 
  • What challenges have you faced? 
  • What has surprised you? 
  • Has anything been better than you expected? 
  • Any suggestions for MSU leadership? 


    • Ignacio González, Chile, Graduate student, College of Education 
    • Zou Yun, China, Graduate student, Department of History (major: Chinese History) 
    • Tawan Chittawan, Thailand, Undergraduate student
    • Amy Yang, East Lansing (originally from China), Undergraduate student 
    • Xuetong Wei, China – CBS student at Nanjing Agricultural University, Undergraduate student

8:20-8:30 - Introduction of Faculty Learning Community (Dr. Opal Leeman Bartzis, Executive Director of Education Abroad)

8:30-9:10 - Faculty/Staff Panel (10 minutes each) 

  • What challenges have you faced/noticed this semester? 
  • What best practices have you implemented/hear of? 
  • How have you strived to maintain academic freedom?
  • Have you had any issues regarding technology, state surveillance, access, or politically sensitive topics?


    • Dr. Jamie Monson, Director, African Studies Center, Professor, MSU History Department 
    • Dr. Kathy Petroni, Deloitte/Michael Licata Professor of Accounting Emeritus, Accounting and Information Systems, Broad College of Business 
    • Dr. Yulian Wu, Assistant Professor, MSU History Department 
    • Mr. Nicholas Oas, Head of Security Operations, Information Security, MSU IT

9:10-9:25 - Open Q&A (Jennifer will moderate) 

9:25-9:30 - Closing Remarks, Dr. Aminda Smith