Incorporating Cultural Components into the Design of an Affective Support Tool for the Malaysian Online Distance Learners

Nor Aziah Alias (Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 26
EISBN13: 9781609606763|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-989-7.ch001
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For the purpose of this case, culture is defined according to the UNESCO Universal Declaration of Cultural Diversity (2001) as the “set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs”. Online learners and online distance learners are used interchangeably to denote learners who study online with no or minimal face to face interaction. The chapter will be organized in the following manner. A description of the cultural issues surrounding Malaysian online distance learning will be highlighted to provide a comprehensive picture of the problem in hand. The initiative to alleviate the problem will then be described in detail followed by a discussion of initial evaluation findings.
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