Logging On: Using Online Learning to Support the Academic Nomad


  • Terra Gargano American University, United States
  • Julia Throop American University, United States




academic nomad, online learning, international higher education, mobility


The Internet is cited for bringing about the most rapid and significant social change within societies worldwide. Higher education does not lie at the fringe of this discussion, but is rather at the center of it. Online learning is no longer considered a mere supplement to education but digital tools now routinely embed themselves in higher education spaces. The evolving modalities of online learning are expanding the terrain of academic possibilities farther than previously imagined and new educational technologies are introduced daily. Against a backdrop of the potential for online learning in higher education, this article will paint a portrait of the ways one graduate program at a United States institution of higher education is addressing demands of academic nomads.

Author Biographies

Terra Gargano, American University, United States

TERRA GARGANO holds a Ph.D. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, and completed her Master’s degree at American University. Terra serves as the faculty advisor for Online Programs in the School of International Service and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural and cross-cultural communication, training in online contexts, and qualitative research methods both online and on campus. She spent time teaching English in Japan and was the Assistant Dean of Semester at Sea for the Institute for Shipboard Education before serving as a faculty member at American University as well as the University of Maryland. Throughout her career in international education, she has managed dozens of study abroad programs and institutional collaborations worldwide. 

Julia Throop, American University, United States

JULIA THROOP is a graduate of American University’s School of International Service MA in International Communication program. Julia’s research focuses on the intersection of online/distance learning and global higher education. In her professional role, Julia serves as Advisement Specialist to graduate students in American University’s International Relations Online degree program. 




How to Cite

Gargano, T., & Throop, J. (2017). Logging On: Using Online Learning to Support the Academic Nomad. Journal of International Students, 7(3), 918–924. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i3.308



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