E-Mail Usage in South Pacific Distance Education

E-Mail Usage in South Pacific Distance Education

Jonathan Frank (Suffolk University, USA), Janet Toland (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Karen D. Schenk (K.D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-935-9.ch187
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Abstract

The impact of cultural diversity on group interactions through technology is an active research area. Current research has found that a student’s culture appears to influence online interactions with teachers and other students (Freedman & Liu, 1996). Students from Asian and Western cultures have different Web-based learning styles (Liang & McQueen, 1999), and Scandinavian students demonstrate a more restrained online presence compared to their more expressive American counterparts (Bannon, 1995). Differences were also found across cultures in online compared to face-to-face discussions (Warschauer, 1996). Student engagement, discourse, and interaction are valued highly in “western” universities. With growing internationalization of western campuses, increasing use of educational technology both on and off campus, and rising distance learning enrollments, intercultural frictions are bound to increase.

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