Trans-National Virtual Higher Education; Trends and Lessons Learned from a Decade of Practice

C. Sherritt and J. Carbajal (USA)


Maximum of six words. e.g.. virtual, online, distance, higher education


Trans-national education, according to UNESCO [1] is education in which the learners are located in a country different from the one where the awarding institution is based. This paper examines the trends in trans-national online higher education, as well as lessons learned in the university stampede to jump on the Internet bandwagon a decade or more ago. Despite getting off to a rocky start, traditional and for-profit institutions continue to refine and expand their offerings. International policies and practices continue to embrace trans-national education. Human rights organizations continue to see the potential for reaching disenfranchised people and equalizing education access. Though it all, the world’s people continue to demand accessible, relevant, convenient, lifelong learning opportunities and demographics indicate this demand will continue far into the future. The seduction of jumping on the elearning bandwagon is compelling but it is easy to fall off. Any institution getting into this field should be aware of the challenges to success.

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