Teaching, Learning, Scholarship (TLS)

90-minute Conference Session

Why Do International Students Hate Online Learning?

Wednesday, October 19
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Room: Aquidneck

Administrators and faculty have much to learn regarding the online experience of international students. This research examines international students' experiences with, and the perceptions they have, of online instruction and learning. The findings exceedingly suggest that international students perceive far more challenges than benefits from online learning environments. Implications for practice will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Marissa Lombardi

Assistant Teaching Professor, Global Student Mobility
Northeastern University

Dr. Marissa Lombardi leads and teaches in the Global Student Mobility concentration in the Master’s of Global Studies and International Relations Program at Northeastern University. She recently developed an interdisciplinary, online course for graduate students with a study abroad component. Her research interests include internationalization of the curriculum, international exchange, and intercultural competence assessment in higher education. Previously, Dr. Lombardi served as dean of students at Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy, where she was part of a senior leadership team responsible for the oversight of campuses in Florence, Rome, Venice and Tuscania. She also taught in the Global Studies Department at Bentley University. Dr. Lombardi has served as Senior Intercultural Associate at the Interchange Institute and worked extensively as a cross-cultural consultant in both Italy and the United States.


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Yue Huang

Student Service Associate
Northeastern University

Yue Huang is the Student Service Associate of US Pathway Program at Northeastern University, where her role is to provide academic support, advising service and create social, cultural activity plans for international students; arrange summer staff recruiting and training.

She received B.A. in Arabic and Literature from Xi’an International studies University, China and Jordan University. Currently she’s finishing her MSc in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University, concentrating on Global Student Mobility. Her experience of studying and working in the Middle East and the U.S helped to find her passion in international higher education.


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Claire Hughes

Northeastern University


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