Designing Quality Online Education to Promote Cross-Cultural Understanding

Designing Quality Online Education to Promote Cross-Cultural Understanding

Youmei Liu (University of Houston, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-301-2.ch003
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on four main areas: (1) the relationship between cultural value systems and education, (2) the influence of cultural values on assessment systems, (3) the use of technology to facilitate cross-cultural communication, and (4) online education promoting the development of social capital. It argues that in order to design an effective curriculum that can be applied in a cross-cultural learning environment, both instructors and students need to be aware of diverse cultural value systems and their characteristics. This cross-cultural understanding and the creation of social capital can be developed through effective communication with the assistance of technology.

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