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The benefits of short‐term study abroad as a blended learning experience

Michael H. Slotkin (Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, USA)
Christopher J. Durie (Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, USA)
Jarin R. Eisenberg (Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, USA)

Journal of International Education in Business

ISSN: 2046-469X

Article publication date: 2 November 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the role blended learning plays in expanding study abroad opportunities.

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

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.

Practical implications

Blended learning facilitates the inclusion of online students, enhancing the financial viability of study abroad courses and programs.

Social implications

Blended learning facilitates the inclusion of online students, expanding study abroad opportunities to student populations historically underserved.

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

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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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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