Cultural Variables and Instructional Engineering

Cultural Variables and Instructional Engineering

Christine Simard (Télé-université (TÉLUQ), Canada) and Josianne Basque (Télé-université (TÉLUQ), Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-100-3.ch309
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Abstract

This chapter discusses how cultural variables can be taken into account when designing computer-based learning environments (CLEs). Its purpose is to identify concrete recommendations to guide instructional engineering of computer-based learning for diverse cultures through a review of the literature on the subject. First, this chapter describes the background in which such recommendations have emerged, and identifies some of the issues underlying instructional design for diverse cultures. Then it introduces models and guidelines on how cultural variables can be taken into account when designing CLEs. Specific recommendations are organized using a method of instructional engineering for CLEs called MISA (Paquette, 2003) as a frame of reference. This is followed by a discussion on future trends and future research directions.

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