Virtual Internationalization – we did it our way

  • Åsa Tjulin Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden
  • Ellen MacEachen School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Stig Vinberg Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden
  • John Selander Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden
  • Philip Bigelow School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Robert Larsson School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Division of Public Health Sciences, Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden

Abstract

Using virtual internationalization as a key concept, this article adds to the body of experiencebased knowledge on how to build partnerships and develop courses within higher education. The purpose of this article is to disseminate knowledge about the collaborative process that took place when Swedish and Canadian universities created an international online course focused on work and health. The article presents the challenges and mitigating strategies during course implementation and preconditions that enabled the co-production of the course. The conclusion provides critical reflections, questions and lessons learned that arose from the instructors reflections in relation to virtual internationalization. The self-reflexive experiences were analysed through the lens of internationalization in higher education and virtual internationalization literature, and the theory of social coordination and bureaucracy to enable an understanding of how we did it our way.

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2021-06-02
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Tjulin, Åsa, MacEachen, E., Vinberg, S., Selander, J., Bigelow, P., & Larsson, R. (2021). Virtual Internationalization – we did it our way. Högre Utbildning, 11(2), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.23865/hu.v11.2344
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virtual internationalization, online learning, public health, collaboration, course development