Virtual ISA Innovative Pedagogy Conference, 2022



August 6th, 2022
To accommodate ISA Members from multiple time zones, this virtual conference is scheduled to take place twice:
12:00pm - 4:00pm CEST/GMT+2
12:00pm - 4:00pm EDT/GMT-4

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Hosted by the Pedagogy Conference Planning Committee

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Saturday, August 6, 2022  
12:00pm - 12:05pm Welcome and Overview
12:05pm - 12:20pm Base group introductions, experiences, and expectations
12:20pm - 1:40pm Session I: Going ‘Textbook-less’: Transitioning to OER and Cost-free Resources
Lisa Glidden, SUNY Oswego
This hands-on workshop focuses on transitioning from a textbook-based approach to a "textbook-less" introductory global studies course. The workshop presents the process of trial and error with different textbooks, approaches, and ultimately the decision to transition away from textbooks. Going textbook-less can be using an Open Educational Resource (OER) and free media current events approach, and also can use technology-based resources that are not free. Over the five-year transition, students displayed generally higher levels of engagement with course material, greater preference for these resources, and increased likelihood of using them compared to traditional textbooks. Evidence including comparative student evaluations, student comments, and faculty engagement will be shared as participants work on guided exercises designed to push them towards adopting this effective approach. Bring your syllabus!
1:40pm - 1:50pm Break
1:50pm - 3:10pm Session II: Pedagogies of Metacognition
Esther Jordan, Kennesaw State University & Jamie Frueh, Bridgewater College
Increasing metacognitive awareness among students enhances their learning and sense of agency over their education. This is because they are more likely to engage successfully with a course if they are able to connect it to what they value and identify the steps to take to reach their learning goals. To that end, an effective pedagogical technique is to teach students metacognitive practices -- to teach them to think more about their own thinking and approaches to learning. This session will provide a brief overview of the research on pedagogies of metacognition, including strategies for efficiently embedding metacognitive learning activities into courses in global politics. Participants will then workshop how to integrate these strategies into their own courses.
3:10pm - 3:20pm Break
3:20pm - 3:50pm Session III: Syllabi Workshop -  Participants return to their base groups to workshop syllabi
3:50pm - 4:00pm Wrap-Up: Resources and Creativity Charge

We are thankful for contributions of the International Studies Association leaders and staff, as well as members of the planning committee in development of this exciting new conference. Committee members include:

  • Amy Below, Chair, California State University, East Bay
  • Ora B. Szekely, Clark University
  • Baris Kesgin, Elon University
  • Jamie Frueh, Bridgewater College
  • Susan H. Allen, University of Mississippi
  • Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, University of Essex (Ex-officio)
  • Deborah Avant, University of Denver (Ex-officio)
  • Laura J. Shepherd, University of Sydney (Ex-officio)
  • Mark Boyer, Executive Director of ISA and University of Connecticut (Ex-officio)

Program Chairs

Amy Below

California State University, East Bay

Meet the Committee

Donated Registrations

The IPC Steering Committee is accepting donations to help pay the 2022 Virtual Conference registration fees for ISA members for whom the registration fee is prohibitive. To request a registration for the conference through this program, please contact the committee at

To donate to the fund, add your donation to your own registration during the registration process. **Please Note: Any donated funds not claimed for registrations will be used toward general conference expenses.

ISA headquarters can facilitate the direct sponsoring of a colleague's registration (i.e., a faculty member is not attending but would like to cover their graduate student's registration). Please contact for assistance.