Associate Professor for the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Dr. Mike Slotkin, and staff members Chris Durie, Manager of Online Business Programs, and Jarin Eisenberg, Program Coordinator for Online Business degrees, published an article, The Benefits of Short-term Study Abroad as a Blended Learning Experience in the Journal of International Business Education.
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.