1st Edition

Digital Internationalization in Higher Education Beyond Virtual Exchange

Edited By Taylor C. Woodman, Melissa Whatley, Chris R. Glass Copyright 2024
    190 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This resource explores the intersection of technology, sustainability, and global learning in the evolving landscape of international higher education.

    Although virtual exchange and mobility programs are essential components of digital internationalization, they represent just one aspect of a broader movement toward more significant integration of digital technologies in international education. Virtual and augmented reality, AI, and ChatGPT are rapidly shaping the higher education landscape. This book brings together experts in the field to consider the myriad ways in which technology impacts all facets of internationalization, highlighting both areas of concern and areas of great potential. The chapters in this book provide best practices and key insights into digital alternatives for student mobility, operations, marketing, and recruitment, while simultaneously laying the foundation for creating more equitable and environmentally friendly international learning environments.

    This book marks the beginning of an era of digital internationalization. Practitioners, administrators, policymakers, and researchers in the field of international education will find the text sharply relevant and invaluable in its practicality.

    List of Figures

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    List of Contributors


    Digital Internationalization and Its Modalities

    1 Digital Internationalization: A New Era

    Melissa Whatley, Chris R. Glass, Taylor C. Woodman, and Nadezhda Braun

    2 Defining Digital Internationalization

    Amelia Dietrich and GianMario Besana

    3 Creating an Impactful Virtual Exchange Experience – Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Case Studies from the Field

    Rhianna C. Rogers, Paola Cascinelli, Linda S. Jones, and Lorette Pellettiere-Calix


    Drivers of Digital Internationalization

    4 Digital Approaches to Sustainability

    Pii-Tuulia Nikula, Ailsa Lamont, and Evelien Renders

    5 Access and Equity in Virtual Environments

    Casey Aldrich and Melissa Whatley


    Digital Internationalization of the Curriculum

    6 Curriculum Internationalization in the Digital Era: A Networked Approach

    Stephanie Doscher

    7 From Categories to Context: Understanding Social Factors that Drive Global Virtual Exchange

    Matthew Aruch, Timothy D. Reedy, Deepa Srikantaiah, and Ana Beatriz Loja Criollo

    8 Neither Here nor There: Exploring Place in Digital Internationalization

    Catherine Esposito


    Navigating Complexities in Digital Internationalization

    9 Connections Through Digital Internationalization: Lessons on Partnerships and Networks from the Virtual Exchange Field

    Kyle Kastler and Henry Shepherd

    10 Overcoming Virtual Voyeurism: Design Considerations for Building Cross-Cultural Solidarity

    Kate Maloney Williams

    11 Language Equity in Virtual Exchange: Problems and Possibilities

    Melanie Baker Robbins


    Nadezhda Braun and Melissa Whatley


    Taylor C. Woodman is Assistant Clinical Professor of International Education Policy and Associate Director of Faculty Global Engagement in the Office of International Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include technology and international education exchange, academic diplomacy, and global student mobility. In addition to his teaching and research, Taylor supports UMD faculty in the development and integration of global learning into their curricula.

    Melissa Whatley is Assistant Professor of International and Global Education in the Graduate Institute at the School for International Training, where she teaches in the Master’s in International Education and Doctor of Education in Global Education programs. Her research focuses on access and equity in international education, broadly defined, with particular interest in the community college context. She is a recent recipient of NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ Innovative Research in International Education award.

    Chris R. Glass is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at Boston College, where he leads the Executive Doctor of Education in Higher Education program and serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Center for International Higher Education. He has a deep commitment to the transformative power of international education, developed through years of leading study abroad programs and strengthened by personal connections with international students and scholars around the world.