Virtual International Exchange: Access, Outcomes, and Programmatic Concerns
Keywords:virtual international exchange, access, outcomes, programmatic concerns, defining virtual exchange
This editorial provides context for the articles that appear in this special issue and brings them together thematically. We first examine how special issue authors chose to define the term ‘virtual exchange’ in their work and then explore key take-aways from each article in three thematic groups: access; outcomes; and programmatic concerns. Together, the articles in this special issue speak to key issues in virtual international exchange that will be important for researchers and practitioners alike to contend with as the field develops.
Alami, N. H., Albuquerque, J., Ashton, L. S., Ewoodzie, K., Hauck, M., Karam, J., Klimanova, L., Nasr, R., & Satar, M. (2022). Marginalization and underrepresentation in virtual exchange: Reasons and remedies. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 57-76. DOI: https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12iS3.4665
Baralt, M., Doscher, S., Boukerrou, L., Bogosian, B., Elmeligi, W., Hdouch, Y., Istifan, J., Nemouch, A., Khachatryan, T., Elsakka, N., Arana, F., Perez, G., Cobos-Solis, J., Mouchane, S., & Vassign, S. (2022). Virtual tabadul: Creating language-learning community through virtual reality. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 168-188. DOI: https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12iS3.4638
de Wit, H. (2016). Internationalisation and the role of online intercultural exchange. In R. O’Dowd & T. Lewis (Eds.), Online intercultural exchange: Policy, pedagogy, practice (pp. 69-82). Routledge.
Devereux, T., & Glenn, A. (2022). Global perspectives: The impact of COVID-19 on a global classroom in the U.S. and Liberia. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 96-115. DOI: https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12iS3.4642
Fernández Gutiérrez, B., Glimäng, M. R., Sauro, S., & O’Dowd, R. (2022). Preparing students for successful online intercultural communication and collaboration in virtual exchange. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 149-167. DOI: https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12iS3.4630
Ficarra, J. M. (2017). Curating cartographies of knowledge: Reading institutional study abroad portfolio as text. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 29(1), 1-14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v29i1.382
Fischer, H., & Cossey, K. M. (2022). Navigating the storm: Community colleges’ decision to pivot to virtual international education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 46(1-2), 122-133. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2021.1972360
George-Mwangi, C.A., & Yao, C.W. (2020). US higher education internationalization through an equity-driven lens. In L.W. Perna (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research (pp. 1-62). Springer. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43030-6_11-1
Giralt, M., Bets, A., Pittarello, S., & Stefanelli, C. (2022). Scenarios for the integration of virtual exchange in higher education. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 116-134. DOI: https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12iS3.4629
Hinshaw, N., Gonzalez, S., & Engel, L. (2022). K-12 schooling through virtual exchange: opportunities in a fractured context. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 1-16.
O’Dowd, R. (2018). From telecollaboration to virtual exchange: State-of-the-art and the role of UNICollaboration in moving forward. Journal of Virtual Exchange, 1, 1-23. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2018.jve.1
O’Dowd, R., & Dooly, M. (2020). Intercultural communicative competence development through telecollaboration and virtual exchange. In J. Jackson (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of language and intercultural communication (pp. 361-375). Routledge. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003036210-28
Poe, J. (2022). Advancing global citizenship of underrepresented and hypersegregated U.S. students in higher education through virtual exchange. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 38-56.
Lee, J., Leibowitz, J., Rezek, J., Millea, M., & Saffo, G. (2022). The impact of international virtual exchange on student success. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 77-95. DOI: https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12iS3.4593
Martel, M. (2020). COVID-19 effects on U.S. higher education campuses: From emergency response to planning for future student mobility. Institute of International Education. https://www.iie.org/Research-and-Insights/Publications/COVID-19-Effects-on-US-Higher-Education-Campuses-Report-2.
Raby, R. L., & Zhang, Y. L. (2022). Learning from COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities for international education in community colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 46(1-2), 41-48. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2021.1961924
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Shields, R. (2019). The sustainability of international higher education: Student mobility and global climate change. Journal of Cleaner Production, 217, 594-602. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.01.291
Strielkowski, W. (2022). New trends in international education: Impact of COVID-19 and digitalization on higher education and student mobility. In Education Policies in the 21st Century (pp. 191-215). Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-1604-5_8
Weaver, G. C., Hiltebrand, G., Ngai, G., & Chan, S. (2022). Faculty perceptions of building collaborative teaching capacities within a transnational virtual exchange: A collaborative autoethnography. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 135-148. DOI: https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12iS3.4633
Whatley, M., LaVenture, S., & Russell, N. (2022). Centering equity in community college virtual international exchange: An exploration of program typology and participant demographics. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 17-37. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/cc.20509
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