The Cultural Adaptation of E-Learning: Using Appropriate Content, Instructional Design, and Media

Andrea L. Edmundson (eWorld Learning, Inc., USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 325
EISBN13: 9781609606916|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-989-7.ch016
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Culturally appropriate instructional design requires the integration of instructional design skills with intercultural knowledge. In e-learning, as in classroom-based courses, courses that accommodate the learning styles and cultural preferences of the targeted learners will offer the best—and fastest—learning outcomes. In this chapter, the author illustrates how to modify an existing e-learning course—or design one ‘from scratch’—that aligns the course content, the instructional methodologies (including activities and assessments) and the technology to the needs and environment of learners in other countries. The ‘smart’ instructional designer conducts a cultural analysis and makes validated changes to e-learning courses, before they are sent for translation, localization, or final production.
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