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ERIC Number: EJ990545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-2046-469X
The Benefits of Short-Term Study Abroad as a Blended Learning Experience
Slotkin, Michael H.; Durie, Christopher J.; Eisenberg, Jarin R.
Journal of International Education in Business, v5 n2 p163-173 2012
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. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain