EdTech for
International Education

Over 40 EdTech companies international educators should know about.
EdTech companies have supported higher education operations for years and yet, modern smart technology introduced by Industry 4.0 is transforming all facets of higher education, including international operations and programming. Savvy international educators recognize that new directions in EdTech have the potential to revolutionize the next generation of international education. This compilation includes those innovative EdTech companies that have already begun to shape a new era of international learning and engagement, with a particular emphasis on those platforms of particular relevance to U.S. operations and programming.

What is EdTech for international education?

Education Technology (“EdTech”) broadly refers to the technological tools and media that assist in the communication, development, or exchange of knowledge. Examples of EdTech include data and content management systems, social and interactive digital learning environments, and other platforms that facilitate learning and performance.

Methodology

To identify those EdTech companies that support international education operations and programming, a select group of notable international education leaders and EdTech professionals from across the United States were surveyed. To qualify for inclusion, a company, or its platform, must meet each of the following criteria:
Please note that this compilation has been developed with fidelity to these survey findings and as such, may not include all EdTech companies supporting international learning and engagement. Similarly, some EdTech companies, or their respective platforms, may be engaged in other knowledge communities or supporting key functions not noted here.

Key Findings

These findings suggest that the current state of EdTech for international higher education is marked by several trends:
Many of the international education EdTech platforms identified were unknown to the majority of those international educators surveyed. Only one platform noted here, Canvas by Instructure, was known by all respondent and only four were known by at least 80% of respondents.
Almost half of the EdTech companies noted here are active in the areas of international admissions and enrollment management. EdTech is also commonly utilized to innovate teaching and learning activities, as demonstrated by the considerable expansion in online language learning platforms in recent years.
There are few EdTech solutions to support international partner management despite the growing importance of international collaboration. There also are few platforms available to manage health, safety, security and risk management issues vis-à-vis the increased attention given to these areas. The latter areas may be particularly ripe for expansion as international education partners continue to explore data privacy implications of General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) and continue to reflect on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Education Knowledge Communities

International higher education has numerous professional focus areas. As such, this compilation was structured around the five knowledge community classifications employed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

International Education
Key Functions

The eight key functions included here address common activities and responsibilities that span all aspects of international programming and operations.  For example, both education abroad and international student recruitment rely on enrollment management technologies.

Companies to Watch in 2021

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A relative newcomer to international higher education, Podium Education is partnering with U.S. colleges and universities to offer innovative Global Tech Programs. These programs produce global-ready graduates who are equipped for a multicultural work environment with in-demand tech skills and intercultural competency. Their quick launch, turn-key programs are re-imagining international education.

Although not yet technically an EdTech company (and thus, not listed here), IntelePeer is quickly adapting its award-winning technology to deliver an omnichannel communications platform with the potential to transform international student recruitment, enrollment management and alumni engagement.

Vioo is a relative newcomer to international education with their innovative platform for international student recruitment. With Vioo, prospective students can explore hundreds of real-life college student videos, request on-demand video content depicting the ins-and-outs of college life in the U.S. Via Vioo’s UniTalks, groups of prospective high school students can discuss a range of topics with current students, from academic matters to student life.

Editors

With the goal of highlighting those EdTech platforms that have the potential to transform next generational international learning and engagement, this compilation was developed February 2021 by:

Erin Niday

Ms. Erin Niday is an international education practitioner and higher education researcher.  Among her expertise includes a strong focus on promoting student success and the effective utilization of educational technology. She was among the fall 2020 cohort of the Gateway Leadership Institute. 

Anthony C. Ogden

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is the managing partner of Gateway International Group and is a well- respected educator with over 25 years of experience in international higher education. He has held senior leadership positions at four major research institutions and has produced numerous publications focused on international higher education.

Anthony C. Ogden

PARTNER

Anthony C. Ogden earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea College and then later studied at the SIT Graduate Institute where he earned a master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management (MIIM), with a specialization in international education. Dr. Ogden completed a doctorate at Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy with a dual title in Comparative and International Education.

 

Dr. Ogden has held educational leadership positions at Pennsylvania State University, where he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad programming and worked in close cooperation with all 24 Penn State campuses located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Back in his home state, he served as the executive director of Education Abroad and Exchanges at the University of Kentucky, where he Ied dramatic growth in enrollment and co-founded the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad (KCEA). At Michigan State University, he directed one of the largest education abroad offices in the country and provided oversight of diverse programming to support the nearly 3,000 MSU students that earn credit abroad each year.

 

Most recently, Dr. Ogden served as the senior international officer at the University of Wyoming where he provided leadership and vision in advancing comprehensive internationalization initiatives, directly overseeing the work of the offices of International Students and Scholars (including international student recruitment) and Education Abroad, the Center for Global Studies, and the UW English Language Center.

 

As an educator, scholar and three-time Fulbright recipient, Dr. Ogden has numerous publications to his credit, including co-edited books focused on the emerging issue of scholar-practitioners in international higher education (Symposium Books, 2016), the integration of education abroad into the undergraduate curriculum (Stylus, 2019), and a comprehensive compendium on international education research (Routledge, 2020). He serves as an external reviewer for numerous journals, including the Journal of Studies in International Education and the Journal of International Students, and holds faculty appointments at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey and the American College of Education.

 

Dr. Ogden has been an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators since 1996, through which he has given numerous presentations, workshops and webinars on various aspects of international education. He is also involved with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), the European Association of International Education (EAIE), and The Forum on Education Abroad. He has served on numerous international boards focused on higher education and was a founding member of the Fund for Education Abroad.

 

A noted international education expert by the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Ogden has conducted formal program evaluations in 25 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He regularly offers invited seminars around the world on topics related to international higher education, most recently with Slovenia’s national agency for advancing international student and scholar mobility (CMEPIUS) and Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation (MHESI).

 

Dr. Ogden has lived in Japan, Australia and Cameroon and has professional experience in over 80 countries. He is married to his lifelong partner, whom he met in Japan many years ago. A member of Rotary International, he enjoys traveling, reading, and community engagement.

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Mark Beirn

AFFILIATE

An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development

 

Stephen Appiah-Padi​

AFFILIATE

Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

Rosa Almoguera

AFFILIATE

Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.
 

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training