This chapter will focus on two cross-cultural case studies on the development and implementation of e-learning programs between two universities in Croatia and in the United Kingdom (UK). The authors will compare the implementation and the development of two degree level programs: The Graphic Arts program at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and the Criminal Justice program at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and highlight some of the common issues the two universities encountered. Furthermore, this chapter will discuss the use of virtual learning environments (VLEs), staff development and student support, as well as the lessons learnt from the respective program developments.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Case Study: An intensive study of a single unit with an aim to generalize across a larger set of units.
E-Learning: Learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology.
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): VLEs are the components in which learners and tutors participate in online interactions of various kinds, including online learning.
Open Source: Open source describes practices when people can read, modify, and redistribute the source code for a piece of software.
Blended Learning: Blended learning is the combining of e-learning opportunities and traditional campus based learning in reflective and innovative ways.
Cross-Cultural Comparison: Comparing and contrasting two different cultures and the way they go about implementing and developing things.
StudyNet: StudyNet is an integrated VLE developed by the University of Hertfordshire to combine student record information with repository for learning resources.
Claroline: An open source application based on PHP/MySQL that allows individuals or organizations to create and administrate courses over the Internet.