Is internationalization intentionally integrated in online learning environments? Exploring the challenges and possibilities

Omolabake Fakunle, Jennifer Lock, Carol Johnson 

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Abstract

International student mobility remains the most visible aspect of internationalization. However, international students who study online tend to be an invisible group within current discourses on internationalization. In this article, drawing on the three authors' experiences and perspectives as guided by their three institutional (Scotland, Canada, and Australia) strategic initiatives, we explore how contemporary conceptualization of internationalization aligns (or does not align) with the growing interest in online learning and teaching practices. Using a reflective methodology, we developed and responded to a series of questions to critically explore how—and to what extent—internationalization policy and practice intersects with online teaching and learning. Drawing on a thematic analysis of our responses, we argue for the need for an innovative approach that intentionally integrates internationalization in online learning. Four recommendations for practices are offered, along with the direction for future research to support the intentional integration of internationalization in online learning.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal on Innovations in Online Education
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • internationalization
  • learning
  • online learning
  • global perspectives
  • reflective methodology
  • higher education
  • integration of internationalization

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