The Impact of Cross-Cultural Differences on Learner Participation and Communication in Asynchronous Discussions
Dazhi Yang, Larissa Olesova, Jennifer Richardson, Purdue University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Globalization of online education is a growing trend. Higher education institutions and corporate organizations are increasingly offering online programs, classes, and trainings that involve students and learners from multiple countries and cultures. Thus, being aware of cultural differences and knowing how to deal with such differences in online learning environments is critical for the success of such online learning and programs. This study examines differences of students' participation behaviors, their perceptions of each other's participation behaviors, and the impact of cultural differences on asynchronous online learning environments from two cultures. Results have applications for implementing effective asynchronous online discussions and online programs among different cultures. We also provide suggestions for overcoming different cultural issues in asynchronous online discussions and creating effective online learning environments that involve learners from different countries and cultures.
Yang, D., Olesova, L. & Richardson, J. (2008). The Impact of Cross-Cultural Differences on Learner Participation and Communication in Asynchronous Discussions. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 825-829). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).