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Virtual Learning Through Hofstede’s Individualism and Collectivism Cultural Dimension: An International Student’s Perspective
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, University of Texas, San Antonio, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-45-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This article is a self-reflection of an international student who has come from a collectivist cultural environment to pursue doctoral studies in an individualistic cultural environment. The student’s learning experience in 3D Virtual World (Second Life) is considered through Hofstede’s cultural dimension of Individualism and Collectivism. The combination of learning online and cultural differences created challenges described in this study. In particular, this paper focuses on how cultural practice helped in collaborative work while cultural differences created challenges in performing as an individual in the virtual learning environment. Through this self-study, the narrator’s experience operationalizes the gap in culturally grounded behaviors and expectations and suggests that the Hofstede framework provides awareness to optimize learning for international students.

Citation

Halder, S. (2019). Virtual Learning Through Hofstede’s Individualism and Collectivism Cultural Dimension: An International Student’s Perspective. In S. Carliner (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 942-948). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 5, 2019 from .

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