The potential of computer-mediated internships for higher education

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dc.contributor.author Bayerlein, Leopold
dc.contributor.author Jeske, Debora
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-30T15:14:15Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-30T15:14:15Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05
dc.identifier.citation Leopold, B. and Debora, J. (2018) 'The potential of computer-mediated internships for higher education', International Journal of Educational Management, 32(4), pp. 526-537. doi: 10.1108/IJEM-11-2016-0254 en
dc.identifier.volume 32 en
dc.identifier.issued 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 526 en
dc.identifier.endpage 537 en
dc.identifier.issn 0951-354X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6209
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/IJEM-11-2016-0254
dc.description.abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss the opportunities and limitations of computer-mediated internships (CMIs) for higher education providers (HEPs) and to outline how HEPs may maximize the benefits that arise from CMIs through strategic choices. Design/methodology/approach: The paper provides a systematic assessment of the benefits, opportunities and limitations of CMIs. A particular focus of the paper concerns ways in which HEPs may utilize CMIs to maximize student learning as well as institutional benefits in terms of the use of expertise, collaborations and the achievement of institutional targets. Findings: Benefits of CMIs include the more inclusive access of previously disadvantaged student groups to internship opportunities, as well as fewer restrictions for HEPs and employers. Given the right design, CMIs can provide a number of important learning opportunities to students while providing extensive opportunities for HEPs. However, the benefits of CMIs need to be viewed in line with the challenges that arise, such as the skill and expertise required to implement CMIs, the required investment of resources, and the currently limited acceptance of CMIs by employers. Practical implications: The findings of the paper highlight that CMIs have the potential to be highly beneficial for HEPs and students. In addition, the paper showcases how HEPs may address the limitations of traditional internships, as well as the challenges that arise in relation to CMIs, through the systematic and well supported application of technological solutions. Originality/value: The paper makes an important contribution to the literature because it is the first to evaluate the potential of CMIs for the providers of higher education programs. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald en
dc.relation.uri https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJEM-11-2016-0254
dc.rights © Emerald Publishing Limited 2018 en
dc.subject Simulation en
dc.subject Internships en
dc.subject Interaction en
dc.subject Computer-mediated communication en
dc.subject Skills gap en
dc.subject Workplace transition en
dc.title The potential of computer-mediated internships for higher education en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Debora Jeske, Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: d.jeske@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-05-30T15:09:33Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal of Educational Management en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress d.jeske@ucc.ie en


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