#GLAG18: Cultivating Global Learners
4th Annual Global Learning in Agriculture Conference January 22-26, 2018 Presented by the Global Teach Ag! Initiative
Welcome Hello and welcome to #GLAG18!
We are so very excited to have you as a participant in this learning adventure! Did you know that this is the fourth Global Learning in Agriculture Conference, and the third offering online? The first Global Learning in Agriculture Conference was offered face-to-face in November 2014. This first meeting was an unfunded mandate from a grant, which required our Fulbright-Hays group to get together to discuss how we could implement what we learned in Korea into our agriculture classrooms (#AgEd2Korea). When others heard of our meeting, they asked to attend and it became a conference—accidentally. We didn’t think that too many folks would be interested in coming to Happy Valley in November, but they were! Our conference room was bursting at the seams with nearly sixty people in attendance for #GLAG14. It seemed that there was a need for a conversation on global learning in agriculture, but no one needs another conference to try to pack into their schedule. So forget the airplane tickets, hotel rooms and catered food—the decision was made to move the conference online in order to be able to include even more educators. We felt that this was the best way to give the most people an entry point into the conversation. The conference has grown by leaps and bounds, and has moved to encompass twelve Global Learning Partners from institutions across the nation and the world! (For a full listing of Global Learning Partners, please see page 2 of this program.) Each year we’ve tried to implement something new, to innovate, seeking to make the conference more interactive and more impactful. We had our hands full putting #GLAG16 online, but took the leap to add on-demand presentations to #GLAG17. This year we are excited that Vivayic (@Vivayic), one of the Global Learning Partners, will be hosting a workshop during Friday’s live session with the intention of creating a take-away item for immediate implementation in your learning environment. Additionally, four other Global Learning Partners (Hawkeye Community College (IA) Global Agriculture Learning Center, @GALC_Hawkeye;; Iowa State University, Agricultural Education and Studies Department, @iastate_cals;; The World Food Prize, @WorldFoodPrize, and Penn State Extension, @agsiciences) are hosting roundtable discussions throughout the conference week on specific topics. We encourage you to participate fully in these new activities, and look forward to your feedback on these new additions and new possible innovations as we look to #GLAG19! Global learning in agriculture is a subject that we approach with great humility. From that first face-to-face meeting to trying to figure out how to best host an online conference, it’s a process of continual learning. I hope that you won’t hesitate to reach out to us or one of the Global Learning Partners with a great idea that you would like help bringing to fruition or a suggestion you wish someone might do. We are all here to share and exchange ideas and best practice with the shared desire of helping those we come into contact with be better global citizens. I look forward to “seeing” you at the conference!