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FOR MORE INFORMATION
■■ Groningen Declaration:

http://www.groningendeclaration.org/
■■ Digital Trends in Higher Education:

http://www.qsdigitalsolutions.com/resources/
digital-marketing-trends-higher-education-2016/#qs_res_form_section
■■ The Social Admissions Report:

http://edu.chegg.com/research-the-2015-social-admissions-report/
■■ Trends in Higher Education Marketing, Recruitment, and Technology:

http://www.hanoverresearch.com/media/Trends-in-Higher-EducationMarketing-Recruitment-and-Technology-2.pdf
■■ International Trends in Higher Education:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxford/International%20Trends%20
in%20Higher%20Education%202015.pdf
■■ Managing a Successful International Admissions Office: NAFSA's Guide to

International Admissions, edited by David L. Di Maria
■■ NAFSA's Guide to International Student Recruitment, Third Edition,

edited by Jessica Black Sandberg: http://www.nafsa.org/Shop/detail.
aspx?id=2061

makes an effective tweet or evaluating a new CRM-like
tool to evaluate prospective international applicants,
international educators need to make technology a
priority. "I have blocked off time every week to learn a
tool I know I'm not using well or to explore a new tool,"
OSU's Mills says. "I stick to it and don't let other things
encroach on it." Larger offices should encourage their
least technically adept staffers to play a part in this in
order to encourage buy in, Mills adds. "Otherwise, you're
not going to get off the ground very well," she says.

Get Ahead of the Curve
Given the importance of gamification and other
online tools, it's not surprising that Walsh University's
Palmer calls the next generation of college students the
"Minecraft generation"-meaning that they have grown
up with not only the entire world, but also virtual worlds
of their own creation, at their fingertips.
"My 11-year-old is literally creating a whole universe
out there," Palmer says. "What is that going to mean when
he's 18 or 19 and he's sitting in front of a study abroad
adviser and being told to explore the world? Will that have
the same meaning to a child who grew up creating one?"
To be sure, the same technology that allowed distance learning is now enabling the creation of completely online programs of study. More students-an
estimated 35 million in total-signed up for MOOCs
in 2015 than during the previous three years combined,
according to Class Central. And a record 440,000
students signed up for a single online course focused
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on the International English Language Testing System,
according to the same source.
But while there's demonstrated international demand
for online learning-particularly when branded with
what Kinser calls the "prestige stamp" of a well-known
institution-it won't take off until different countries
and their higher education governing bodies start
recognizing the value of smaller credentials such as the
badges or stackable credentials that are the byproducts
of online learning, he says.
"Multiple countries are trying to harmonize how
they think about education across boundaries," Kinser
says. Doing so will require new standards for information exchange between institutions in many countries,
as well as policy decisions about such thorny issues as
the ownership of data and student privacy.
That's the intent of the Groningen Declaration, a voluntary agreement among a growing number of international education organizations, consortia, and individual
institutions in more than 20 countries to address these
issues with the end goal of making student data portable
across borders.
"What we're moving towards is a way where international activities can be seamlessly woven into the
curriculum," Kinser says.
At the same time, the growing internationalization of
education will never become completely virtual, according to Kinser, who is currently conducting cross-border
research on internationalization in China. "In many cultures, that face-to-face interaction is what demonstrates
the seriousness of the relationship," he says. "From a
learning perspective, the immersion into another culture doesn't allow people to have an out."
But technology doesn't have to supplant international education. In fact, it can support it. Students who
travel to Walsh University's Rome campus for summer
internships with NGOs, for example, now have access
to the university's libraries and digital resources as they
do research in such areas as global food security, according to Walsh. The challenge, he says, is explaining why
such international experiences matter.
"We will have to be prepared to explain the value
proposition of international education to the kids who
grew up with technology at their fingertips," Walsh says.
"That's not only helping build your disciplinary knowledge, but also helping you develop the soft skills of
empathy and the ability to function in a different culture
in a way technology can't." ■
MARK TONER is a freelancer in the Washington, D.C., area.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2017

From the Editor
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Middle East
Quick Questions
High Tech, High Engagement
Principled, Pragmatic, Impactful
What Happens to Study Abroad Students
Campus Profi le: Internationalization at the University of Tampa
Campus Spotlight: Internationalization at East Carolina University
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
International Student Affair
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 1
International Educator - May/June 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 3
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Frontlines
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 5
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 6
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 7
International Educator - May/June 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 9
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 10
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Global Spotlight: Middle East
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - High Tech, High Engagement
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Principled, Pragmatic, Impactful
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - What Happens to Study Abroad Students
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Campus Profi le: Internationalization at the University of Tampa
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Campus Spotlight: Internationalization at East Carolina University
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 67
International Educator - May/June 2017 - International Student Affair
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Partnering
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Forum
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