Multicultural Awareness and Technology in Higher Education: Global Perspectives

Multicultural Awareness and Technology in Higher Education: Global Perspectives

Tomayess Issa (Curtin University, Australia), Pedro Isaias (Information Systems and Technology Management School, The University of New South Wales, Australia) and Piet Kommers (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
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Release Date: March, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 449
ISBN13: 9781466658769|ISBN10: 1466658762|EISBN13: 9781466658776|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5876-9


Diversity among university students plays a significant role in raising awareness of numerous issues surrounding cultural heritage, language differences, cross-cultural collaboration, and international education. The integration of technological tools can assist students in cooperating nationally and internationally both in their current educational and future professional settings.

Multicultural Awareness and Technology in Higher Education: Global Perspectives encompasses the latest research on the impact and integration of technology into international education and culturally diverse learning environments. Providing the latest teaching and learning methods, technologies, and approaches at the university level, this publication is a useful reference for academics, educational administrators in public and private institutions, and information society researchers.

Topics Covered

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

  • E-Learning
  • M-Learning
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
  • Multicultural Awareness and Technology
  • Social Networking
  • Teaching Approaches and Methods
  • Teaching via Technologies

Reviews and Testimonials

Computer and information scientists look at multicultural awareness and student exchange; electronic learning; teaching assessments, methods, and approaches; as well as teaching through technologies. Among the topics are a model to build an intercultural professional learning community in a Latin American higher education network, a virtual learning process environment and comparison with conventional electronic learning systems, comparing learning styles and technology acceptance of two culturally different groups, computer skills and prior experience with electronic learning courses as factors that affect the development of intellectual thinking dispositions in online learning, and whether massive open online courses are an imposter or savior.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

Helps readers gain awareness of and appreciation for the intercultural aspect of technology-driven teaching and learning. Current instructional design models, learning theories, and an array of pedagogical frameworks presented for a diverse range of learners and teachers from multiple subject areas not only support technology-enhanced education from a multicultural, multidisciplinary approach, but provide readers with a rich understanding of the contemporary, digital learning and teaching environments under global e-context. Based on its rich content and solid organization, I highly recommend this book.

– Seda Khadimally, MEd, ALM, EdD Candidate, California College of Communications, USA

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Tomayess Issa is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Systems at Curtin University, Australia. She joined the School of Information Systems – Curtin University in 2001. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Information Systems, Curtin University in 2008. Her PhD research was mainly about Web development and Human Factors. Tomayess has vast experience in Australian tertiary education, teaching in Information Systems area. Tomayess published several journal and conference papers in her research interest, and she is a member of an international conference program committee. Currently, she conducts research locally and globally in information systems, Usability and Human-Computer Interaction, Social Network (including web 2.0 and web 3.0), Sustainability and Green IT, Cloud Computing, Networking and Operating systems.
Pedro Isaías is an associate professor at the Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University) in Lisbon, Portugal, responsible for several courses and director of the master degree program in Electronic Commerce and Internet since its start in 2003. He holds a PhD in Information Management (in the speciality of information and decision systems) from the New University of Lisbon. Author of several books, book chapters, papers and research reports, all in the information systems area, he has headed several conferences and workshops within the mentioned area. He has also been responsible for the scientific coordination of several EU funded research projects. He is also member of the editorial board of several journals and program committee member of several conferences and workshops. At the moment he conducts research activity related to Information Systems in general, E-Learning, E-Commerce and WWW related areas.
Piet Kommers is associate professor at the University of Twente, The Netherlands and adjunct professor at Curtin University, Australia. His current interest is in media for communication and education. He received the title of honorary professor by UNESCO for his results in educational technology in web-based learning. He was chair of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Cognitive Technologies. “Web-based Communities” and “Social Media” were the main focus of the journal IJWBC and subsequent IADIS yearly conferences. Piet Kommers is member of advisory boards in Singapore, Finland, Russia and the EU Commission at Brussels.