Educational Technology is changing all aspects of teaching and learning, including international education, at colleges and universities. Online distance education is one aspect of the revolution in teaching and learning. MOOCs, Open Education Resources, Personalized Learning, Microcredentials, Mobile Learning, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Social Communities, Game Based Learning are changing what students and teachers do.
The revolution is reaching international education– notably changing the idea of what international exchange means. The practice of Virtual Exchange, COIL, and Globally Networked Learning offer new opportunities for intercultural learning by reducing its cost and embedding it in the curriculum. In the United States, less than 10% of college and university students graduate with academic credit from study abroad and those who do are generally students from higher income and social capital families. At 2-year community college institutions, around .01% of the student population participate in a study abroad program. Virtual exchange is a way to engage students in international learning without the barriers of mobility exchange programs.
The SUNY COIL Center and Eastern Carolina University have led this effort over the last decade in the United States. The practice of virtual exchange to internationalize the curriculum is gaining traction. Since 2016 the J. Christopher Stevens Initiative has played an important role in funding programs at universities and colleges. Among public and private universities virtual exchange has gained a foothold at DePaul University, Ohio University, University of Washington, Florida International University, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, and many others. Around the world growth is even more rapid, for instance, a multi-million Euro project was announced in 2018 to integrate virtual exchange into the Erasmus Program.
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