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time overseas, and postreturn. Incorporating research questions
and goals for their time abroad builds on the academic components of the programs, but it also provides the opportunity for
even greater cultural exposure, says Lamers.
"A student in Italy is hearing about their friends in China
and Brazil," she says. "Part of the goal is to get them to have the
perspective of how other people are handling their experience and
learning from them as well."
Incoming international students at Urbana-Champaign also
take online courses to prepare them for the U.S. campus experience, in which large group instruction is supplemented by smaller
breakout discussions among five to six students led by a current
international student who had taken the class before coming to
campus. "That's where they get to know each other, and then they
know people when they get to campus," Lamers says.

Globally Focused Degree Programs Expand
With the threat of on-campus international enrollments continuing to decline, targeting full-fledged online degree programs to
a global audience may increasingly be seen as a way to preserve
international opportunities-and revenue. Online programs are
proliferating at colleges and universities across the country, and a
recent survey of U.S. deans conducted by online program management company 2U found that nine in 10 (91 percent) believe their
institutions will accelerate the growth of their online offerings.
Online programs with an international focus also are growing
rapidly. American University's School of International Service
launched its online program with 10 students in May 2013. Today,
it serves more than 400 students in 30 countries across three
different online degree programs and is the largest program at the
School of International Service, according to adviser Julia Zeigler.
As is true with online programs in general, many programs with
a global focus are at the graduate level and attract disproportionate numbers of English-speaking expatriates. For example, about

10 percent of online students at Lehigh University's College of
Education are international students, while just about 2 percent to 3
percent of AU's international relations online programs are foreign
nationals-but nearly half are military students scattered across 15
time zones and as many as 30 countries, according to Zeigler.
Mandatory live sessions, which help keep students engaged,
also provide opportunities for cultural immersion by bringing
together students and faculty across time zones. "One student will
be online with the sun rising behind them in Afghanistan while
another is conducting climate research in Alaska," Zeigler says.
Many institutions emphasize hybrid delivery models, with
a mandatory (or strongly encouraged) short-term on-campus
study component supplementing online coursework. At Lehigh,
graduate degree and training programs include a month-long
summer institute. "What ends up happening is a really cool
cross-pollination of ideas," says Audree Chase-Mayoral, associate
director of global online graduate degrees and training. In fact,
such short-term visits from a global cohort of students can benefit traditional students who may see fewer international faces on
campus than in years past.
"We've had on-campus students say they chose Lehigh and our
grad program because they could interact with folks from all over
the world," Chase-Mayoral adds.
While few dispute the importance of personal experience in
fostering a global mindset, online programs also can be seen as a
starting point that may lead to in-person travel in the future.
"We've lowered a barrier," Abdel-Kader says. "Hopefully it
sparks their interest in exploring another part of the world,
whether formally through academics or later travel abroad." n
MARK TONER is a Washington, D.C., education writer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
SUNY Albany Global Institute for Health and Human Rights
http://www.albany.edu/gihhr/
UNESCO Report: Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis
http://uis.unesco.org/sites/default/files/documents/missing-outrefugee-education-in-crisis_unhcr_2016-en.pdf
SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
http://coil.suny.edu/
Stevens Initiative
http://www.stevensinitiative.org/
Video: Connecting Chicago and Casablanca
http://www.stevensinitiative.org/impact/
the-steamuseum-connecting-chicago-and-casablanca/
Globally Networked Teaching in the Humanities: Theories and Practices
https://books.google.com/books?id=aJkGCAAAQBAJ&hl=en
Business Needs for Employees with International Expertise Survey
https://www.nafsa.org/_/File/_/coll14_bus_ballam.pdf
"Building Education Technology for the Developing World"
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-03-22-building-educationtechnology-for-the-developing-world

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Canada
Quick Questions
Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover2
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Brief
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 12
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Global Spotlight: Canada
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Education Leadership
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Forum
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