Cultural dimensions in online learning

Nguyen, L, Djojosaputro, L and Peszynski, K 2005, 'Cultural dimensions in online learning', in Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS), Sydney, Australia, 30 November - 2 December, 2005.


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Title Cultural dimensions in online learning
Author(s) Nguyen, L
Djojosaputro, L
Peszynski, K
Year 2005
Conference name 16th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS)
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 30 November - 2 December, 2005
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS)
Publisher University of Technology, Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Abstract The increase of competitiveness in the higher education global market demands many universities to find innovative approaches in providing education services. Online learning technology offers higher education providers a potential solution to compete. As in most parts of the world, the growing trend towards online learning has also taken shape in Australia. The increasing number of international students brings a cultural diversity to the online learning environment while existing literature tends to suggest that on-line learning environments tend to be more suitable for students from individualism and low power distance cultures. A case study of two fully online subjects indicated that students with collectivism and high power distance cultural background felt uncomfortable with the online learning environment. Findings from this study would enable various institutions and their teaching staff to help students with diverse of cultural backgrounds feel more comfortable and positive in the online learning environment.
Subjects Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) collectivism
online learning
high power distance
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