Addressing the Cultural Dimensions of E-Learning: where to Begin?

Addressing the Cultural Dimensions of E-Learning: where to Begin?

Andrea L. Edmundson (eWorld Learning, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch164
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In an exploratory study, the researcher examined the effects of cultural dimensions on e-learning outcomes for employees in functionally equivalent jobs in Western and Eastern cultures. Participants from the United States and India completed a Level 1 e-learning course designed in the United States. In addition, randomly selected completers then reported their interactions with the e-learning course in a survey. Learners from the two cultures achieved equitable learning outcomes, suggesting that characteristics of Level 1 e-learning courses mitigate the effects of culture. In addition, while cultural dimensions did appear to affect learners’ preferences for and perceptions of e-learning, both Eastern and Western participants were willing to try new approaches to learning that did not align with their cultural profiles. Based on these results and practical usage, the revised (v.2) of the cultural adaptation process (CAP) model is presented as a guideline for adapting e-learning courses for other cultures.

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