Blended learning across cultures
20 October 2010
How should cultural diversity affect the design of online and blended learning? While studies overwhelmingly report the benefits of using the Internet to create opportunities for students to learn with peers from other cultures, they also highlight important issues of cultural impact on learner behavior. Join Dr. Chun Hu as she presents these and other findings.
"Review of blended learning projects across cultures" - Dr. Hu will present a literature review of blended learning projects that have involved learners from different cultures. The studies reviewed essentially address two issues: the feasibility of cross-cultural blended learning and learner differences in such a learning environment. While the studies overwhelmingly report the benefits of using the Internet to create opportunities for students to learn with peers from other cultures, they also highlight issues of cultural impact on learner behaviors. Learner differences reported include approaches to asking questions, collaborating with others and preferences in the way they made use of technologies. Patterns emerged from the literature review, with implications for design considerations for planning cross-cultural blended learning.
Dr. Chun Hu is a Senior Lecturer in ICT in Education, with the CoCo Research Centre in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. She got her Masters from Stanford University and doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She started as a classroom teacher of English as a foreign language at secondary and university levels. Her other work experiences include: program director in a national school dropout prevention program in New York, paralegal at a New York law firm, director of instructional technology in a K-12 private school in Hong Kong, and teacher educator in Singapore and at the University of Sydney. She also coordinates the Learning Science and Technology degree program.
This seminar is one of a series on the sciences and technologies of learning, brought to you by the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo).
Time: 11:30-12:30 (please join us at 11:15 for a cup of tea or coffee before the seminar)
Location: Rm 230, Education Bldg. A35, The University of Sydney