Beyond Localization: Effective Learning Strategies for Cross-Cultural E-Learning

Beyond Localization: Effective Learning Strategies for Cross-Cultural E-Learning

Patrick Dunn (Networked Learning Design, Ltd., UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-654-9.ch008
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Instructional systems are products of the cultures in which they are developed. Culture, which we define here as “the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from another" (Hofstede, 2001), has a pervasive influence on instructional systems, regardless of whether these systems involve self-paced e-learning, synchronous or asynchronous computer-based learning activities, or online communities of learners. The issue of culture’s impact on instructional systems becomes most relevant and challenging where such systems are transferred across cultural boundaries, or developed for multiple cultures. This is currently happening in many large, globally dispersed organizations that use e-learning technologies to support the learning of their staff around the world. Theories of learning and of cultural dimensions suggest that the effectiveness of certain types of learning systems will be affected where they are used in culturally diverse environments. The aim of this paper is to highlight the issues that designers of a wide range of e-learning experiences face when designing e-learning for culturally diverse learner groups. We provide some models to support learning practitioners, focusing in particular on the importance of a conscious, culturally-informed selection of instructional strategies as the most critical part of the design and development process.

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Jamilur Reza Choudhury
Hakikur Rahman
Chapter 1
Hakikur Rahman
As nations continue to conceptualize, adopt, implement and monitor their respective information and communications technologies (ICTs) policies and... Sample PDF
An Overview on Strategic ICT Implementations Toward Developing Knowledge Societies
Chapter 2
Suleman Aziz Lodhi
Trade globalization and advancement in ICT may be considered as the two major forces that will be directing economic growth of a country in the... Sample PDF
Strategy Development: A Focus on Process
Chapter 3
Tamio Shimizu
As in any game, the success of competitive strategies depends on knowing the rules as well as the other players. Nevertheless, in the real... Sample PDF
Developing Strategies for Competitive Advantage
Chapter 4
Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez
The expansion of the social influence of the Internet have led both general interest and national public broadcasters to a structural challenge. The... Sample PDF
The Internet Challenge to Public Service Broadcasters
Chapter 5
Onyeka K. Osuji, Emmanuel Eze
This chapter examines the Internet and law relationship. Using rules and decisions on ISP liability for civil defamation to illustrate, the chapter... Sample PDF
Civil Liability of ISPs, the Internet, and Law
Chapter 6
Helena Mitev, David Crowther
In this paper we argue that one of the benefits of IT is its role in enabling the disintermediation of education to provide an environment in which... Sample PDF
Disintermediated Education
Chapter 7
Donna D. Rubinoff
This chapter introduces actor-network theory (ANT) as an approach to the analysis and improvement of the use of ICT for development (ICT4D). It... Sample PDF
Towards an ICT4D Geometry of Empowerment: Using Actor-Network Theory to Understand and Improve ICT4D
Chapter 8
Patrick Dunn
Instructional systems are products of the cultures in which they are developed. Culture, which we define here as “the collective programming of the... Sample PDF
Beyond Localization: Effective Learning Strategies for Cross-Cultural E-Learning
Chapter 9
Juha Kettunen
This chapter presents the strategies of higher education institutions and how they can be described using the balanced scorecard approach. The... Sample PDF
Strategies for Virtual Learning and E-Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
Chapter 10
Devan Govender
As student numbers and lecturer workloads increase, traditional methods of assessment make it rather difficult to undertake effective assessment and... Sample PDF
Computer-Based Assessment for Academic Evaluation
Chapter 11
Arla Juntunen
This chapter addresses collaborative business networks at the level of industry/cluster networks, which is important and relevant from the strategic... Sample PDF
Creating Competitive Advantage: The Emergence of a New Business through Collaborative Networks – An Empirical Case Study in the ICT Sector
Chapter 12
Lalitsen Sharma
This chapter deals with some technical issues and challenges in implementing e governance at national level. It also discusses different stages of... Sample PDF
Implementation of E-Governance: Some Technical Issues and Challenges
Chapter 13
Ryan R. Peterson
Amidst the challenges and changes of the 21st century, involving hyper competitive market spaces, electronically-enabled global network businesses... Sample PDF
Integration Strategies and Tactics for Information Technology Governance
Chapter 14
Bernd Carsten Stahl
During its relatively short history e-commerce, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in business has been more successful and... Sample PDF
The Paradigm of E-Commerce in E-Government and E-Democracy
Chapter 15
Lynne De Weaver
This chapter looks at the role of language and the community consultation process in overcoming the digital divide by facilitating the uptake of... Sample PDF
Delivering More Effective Community Consultation and Support for Regional ICT Programs
Chapter 16
Sheryl Thompson
The chapter explores the diffusion of information and communications technology (ICT) in the country of Jamaica, and within the context of the... Sample PDF
Policy Initiatives in Jamaica and their Impact on the Development of ICT
Chapter 17
Yu-Che Chen, Richard Knepper
Digital government has a better chance of success if it follows a well-articulated and sound strategy. Failures of digital government projects in... Sample PDF
Digital Government Development Strategies: Lessons for Policy Makers from a Comparative Perspective
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