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A virtual sabbatical : a pioneering case study.

Easteal, P. and Westmarland, N. (2010) 'A virtual sabbatical : a pioneering case study.', Innovative higher education., 35 (5). pp. 297-311.


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?

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Sabbatical, Virtual, Online technology, Action research, Case study
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Date deposited:07 September 2012
Date of first online publication:06 August 2010
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