This is Marta Walliser, Executive Director and on behalf of my team, our colleagues and advisors, and myself, I am very happy to tell you that Infinite Spur is back on track!
Today, we are ready to share with all of you a bright new beginning.
All this time of remote working we all have been reflecting and debating on the future of international education in this a complex context of restricted international mobility. It has not been easy, as schools all over the world still face the dilemma of deciding whether to go back to classes on the fall or continue with remote learning. I agree with many experts that believe that remote learning is here to stay, and thus, we adapted to it and we found that it is completely compatible with a new format of study abroad experience.
We are still monitoring how global mobility evolves in the near future but in the meantime, we have developed a new hybrid structure of courses and programs that brings students together. I hope you like it. This new structure will allow students to still take classes from Spain, explore the country, make new friends with other international students, and when time and safety conditions allow participate in a two-week immersion session in Madrid that will serve as a capstone to your summer course.
The hybrid model structure combines three integrated modules:
Online Sessions: It is a two-week remote program where students cover the content of the course through synchronous daily class meeting with the professor and classmates in real-time. Students will do individual as well as collaborative work on specific topics and projects.
Bridge Sessions: Students will come together twice a month to continue working on their collaborative projects. Classes will also include specific advising sessions, workshops, roundtables, and activities with guest speakers and business professionals.
Onsite immersion session: As a conclusion of the program students will participate in a two-week immersion program in Madrid, Spain. This capstone experience will allow participants to enjoy full direct learning, visiting all cultural and historical sites subject of study as well as meeting all partners, experts, and guest that participated in the previous part of the program.
This new format will allow students to enjoy a real international experience from home, since classes include students from different counties, including Spain. Our diverse methodologies call for active student interaction. Aside from the Zoom classroom sessions, virtual site visits, and real-life meetings, interviews, and roundtables, students will be required to participate in virtual collaborative digital projects, smart challenges, and group presentations to facilitate transnational interaction.
We will be hosting a series of webinars to provide more specific information about each one of the programs, content, calendar, and dates. In the meantime, we will be happy to respond to all your questions directly.
Check our website for all details.
With this exciting opportunity we want to tell you that we are already winning together. I hope that you and your family are in good health and spirits and send you a message of hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Stay with us this summer and let´s gather in Spain soon.
Marta Walliser, Ph.D.