Transcultural Blended Learning and Teaching in Postsecondary Education

Transcultural Blended Learning and Teaching in Postsecondary Education

Emmanuel Jean Francois (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA)
Release Date: August, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 432
ISBN13: 9781466620148|ISBN10: 1466620145|EISBN13: 9781466620155|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2014-8


Schedule constraints and other complicating factors can make face-to-face educational methods inadequate to the needs of learners. Thus, blended learning has emerged as a compromise that reconciles the need for high-tech and high-touch learning and teaching interactions.

Transcultural Blended Learning and Teaching in Postsecondary Education educates readers across nations and cultures and strengthens their understanding of theories, models, research, applications, best practices, and emerging issues related to blended learning and teaching through a holistic and transcultural perspective. This research volume serves as a valued resource for faculty, administrators, and leaders in postsecondary institutions to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate blended learning programs and courses. It also provides researchers with the latest research in transcultural blended learning and teaching theories, findings, best practices, and emerging trends.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment strategies
  • Blended learning and Teaching
  • Curriculum Design
  • Distance Education
  • Ethical theories and models
  • Global Education Theories
  • Instructional strategies
  • Lesson Plans
  • Technology-based instruction
  • Transcultural Learning and teaching

Reviews and Testimonials

International contributors in educational technology, adult education, multiculturalism, and instructional systems address blended learning and teaching, stressing that blended learning should not only be driven by course outcomes, but also by attention to the cultural context and the needs and interests of students, instructors, administrators, and practitioners. Section 1 highlights theory and Section 2 looks at transcultural students' ways of knowing. Section 3 looks at curriculum design in a diverse world, and Section 4 presents cases on technology and global education, including a case from Siberia Russia demonstrating technology integration in professional development of teachers in a post-totalitarian context. Later sections cover cross-cultural instructional strategies, leadership and administration beyond borders, evaluation and assessment in cross-cultural contexts, and emerging trends in blending learning and technology. Francois is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

Using examples, research, and experience the chapters will inspire, support, reinforce, and guide researchers, faculty, practitioners, and administrators in higher education as they explore, expand, initiate, and debate the use of blended learning and teaching in postsecondary education in today’s increasingly diverse world.—

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Emmanuel Jean Francois
Emmanuel Jean Francois
Chapter 1
Transculturality  (pages 1-14)
Emmanuel Jean Francois
Students make meaning of the information and knowledge they receive based on their worldviews, prior life experiences, learning styles, personality... Sample PDF
Chapter 2
Mejai B. M. Avoseh, Olugbenga Abimbola Fayomi, Bolanle Clara Simeon-Fayomi
Paradigm shifts in education have, in most cases, been linked to changes in the context and content of education. Most nouveau ideas in education in... Sample PDF
A Traditional African Perspective of Blended Learning
Chapter 3
Dirk Tempelaar, Bart Rienties, Bas Giesbers, Sybrand Schim van der Loeff
In teaching introductory statistics to first year students, the Maastricht University uses a blended learning environment that allows them to attune... Sample PDF
How Cultural and Learning Style Differences Impact Students’ Learning Preferences in Blended Learning
Chapter 4
Angela Owusu-Ansah
The need for better intercultural relations among majority and minority students on university campuses persists largely because of the inability of... Sample PDF
Exploring Hofstede’s Cultural Dimension Using Hollins’ Structured Dialogue to Attain a Conduit for Effective Intercultural Experiences
Chapter 5
G’han Ruth Singh
This chapter explores the tensions that exist between institutions’ surging reliance on mandated blended learning and the preference for... Sample PDF
Cyborg in the Village: Culturally Embedded Resistances to Blended Teaching and Learning
Chapter 6
Orly Sela
This chapter discusses the issue of blended course design, with particular emphasis on a transcultural context. The chapter provides a description... Sample PDF
Not Just in Theory: Theoretical Aspects of Transcultural Blended Learning and Teaching Curriculum Design
Chapter 7
Peggy Hui-Chuan Wei, Huang Chin-Yun
This chapter reports the findings from a study about the teaching strategies and implementation methods of a blended Program Planning course. An... Sample PDF
Blended Learning Design and Teaching Strategies: Case of the Program Planning Course
Chapter 8
Wendy Griswold
This study focuses on the professional development experiences of teachers in the Altai Republic, Russian Federation. The Russian educational system... Sample PDF
Transformative Learning and Educational Technology Integration in a Post-Totalitarian Context: Professional Development among School Teachers in Rural Siberia, Russia
Chapter 9
Alfred T. Kisubi
This chapter challenges the readers’ thinking forward in some essential areas of educational change driven by the international imperative for... Sample PDF
A Critical Perspective on the Challenges for Blended Learning and Teaching in Africa’s Higher Education
Chapter 10
Sandra Y. Okita
Advancements in educational and communicative technology have provided a new medium with unique properties that bring about new forms of... Sample PDF
Educational Technology and Instructional Design in Synchronous Blended Learning Environments
Chapter 11
Gerald E. Thomas
This chapter discusses the “new” college classroom, looking at the profile of an adult student, what is meant by transculturalism, and the... Sample PDF
Facilitating Learning with Adult Students in the Transcultural Classroom
Chapter 12
Courtney Bauder, John K. Thompson
It is the intent of this chapter to offer an explanation of a program between a group of university students engaged in a study abroad experience... Sample PDF
Crossing into the Dreamtime: Evaluating the Benefits of Weblogs as a Blended Learning Tool for University Students to Teach Elementary School Students about Australian Culture
Chapter 13
Constanta Nicoleta Bodea, Corneliu Alexandru Bodea, Augustin Purnus, Ruxandra-Ileana Badea
In recent years, many business education programs have focused on the development of competences, instead of knowledge transfer. For this reason... Sample PDF
Innovative Approaches in Project Management Blended Education: A Case Study on Introducing Agent-Based Simulation in a Master Degree Program
Chapter 14
Suzanne Weinstein, Karen Pollack, Ike Shibley, Vicki S. Williams, Wu Shao-Wei, Ching Yu-Hui
This chapter describes a university-wide initiative to develop multiple courses in both online and blended formats. The chapter provides... Sample PDF
The Blended Learning Initiative: A University-Wide Program to Develop, Deliver, and Assess Blended Courses
Chapter 15
Natasha Boskic, Sharon Hu
The evolving student expectancy on the quality and accessibility of education has resulted in a new landscape of delivery modes of educational... Sample PDF
Blended Learning: The Road to Inclusive and Global Education
Chapter 16
Amanda Jefferies
The development of the term ‘blended learning’ in academic circles has been growing since 2004 when it first emerged as a sub-set of e-learning as... Sample PDF
Blended Learning in the Campus-Based University: A Case Study Exploring the Student Experience of Technology for Enhancing Learning
Chapter 17
Emmanuel Jean Francois
Quality matters in transcultural blended learning and teaching in postsecondary education. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce a framework... Sample PDF
Quality Matters in Transcultural Blended Learning and Teaching in Postsecondary Education: A Conceptual Framework
Chapter 18
L. Hyatt, Laurie Schroeder, Adonay A. Montes
This chapter reports on an exploratory case study of intercultural issues in graduate blended learning environments. As U.S. Universities strive to... Sample PDF
Intercultural Issues in Graduate Blended Learning Environments
Chapter 19
Emmanuel Jean Francois
This chapter serves as the conclusion of the book and outlines some challenges and current and emerging trends related to blended learning and... Sample PDF
Current and Emerging Trends in Transcultural Blended Learning and Teaching
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Emmanuel Jean Francois is an Assistant Professor of Human Services and Educational Leadership at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Adult and Higher Education) from the University of South Florida (USF), a Master's degree in Human Services (Organization Management and Leadership) from Springfield College, a joint Postgraduate Diploma in Population and Development from the State University of Haiti and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and a joint postgraduate certificate in Psycho-education and social health, from the Schools of Cadres in Special Education of Port-au- Prince and Versailles. He studied Anthropology and Sociology at the State University of Haiti, and Pedagogy of Secondary Education at the University Institute of Educational Sciences. Prior coming to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Dr. Jean Francois taught as an adjunct professor for three years at Springfield College, served as Campus Coordinator for an international program in Youth Leadership at the University of South Florida (in collaboration with Georgetown University), and Research Coordinator at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Dr. Jean Francois repertoire of publications includes more than 30 titles in English, French, and Haitian Creole. His most recent books include DREAM Model to Start a Small Business, (2011) and Global Education on Trial By U.S. College Professors(2010). He has presented at various regional, national, and international conferences about his research on adult and continuing education, non-traditional college students, global education, transnational education, transcultural issues, globalization, international development, study abroad, transformative learning, scholarship of teaching and learning, and community based participatory research. He is on the Editorial Board of Human Services Today and the International Interdisciplinary Journal of Education. He served as peer reviewer for the International of Multicultural Education (IJME), the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), and the Annual Conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE).