The virtual sabbatical: a pioneering case study

Patricia Easteal, Nicole Westmarland

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Abstract

International exchange is an important aspect of academic life. Thus, international sabbaticals are, in general, seen as a measure of research collaboration, networking, and international standing. There are, however, a few groups who are likely to be disadvantaged by such criteria even though they may be implicit, that is, those for whom international travel is problematic. Using reflective learning, the researchers conducted a virtual sabbatical for six months as a metaphorical “ramp” – that is, a way of making international sabbaticals accessible to more people. We now present a case study of this action research project, which answers the following questions. How does the concept of a virtual sabbatical fit holistically within the context of higher education? How can the aims of the sabbatical be fulfilled in a virtual context? What are the problems and successes of the virtual sabbatical?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-311
Number of pages15
JournalInnovative Higher Education
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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