The purpose of this paper is to highlight the role blended learning plays in expanding study abroad opportunities.
The approach utilized involves providing a synopsis of research dealing with study abroad and its benefits, particularly for student populations likely to comprise a significant portion of the distance learning market. Perspectives on the benefits derived from incorporating distance learning into short‐term study abroad programs are then discussed based on the experiences of a business college with a significant enrollment of online students.
This paper highlights the flexibility afforded by online education in fulfilling academic content requirements, showcasing blended learning as a strategic complementary input in content delivery. The enhancement in study abroad options afforded offers the potential to introduce international business experiences to student populations historically underserved.
Blended learning facilitates the inclusion of online students, enhancing the financial viability of study abroad courses and programs.
Blended learning facilitates the inclusion of online students, expanding study abroad opportunities to student populations historically underserved.
Conceptualizing blended learning as a facilitating device for study abroad is a contribution to the literature; research surrounding the nexus between online learning and study abroad is embryonic. Within this nascent area, this paper also provides value in offering suggestions for future empirical research.
Slotkin, M.H., Durie, C.J. and Eisenberg, J.R. (2012), "The benefits of short‐term study abroad as a blended learning experience", Journal of International Education in Business, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 163-173. https://doi.org/10.1108/18363261211281762
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