Using project-based learning as the intercultural collaboration framework for an international distance course
Wei-Jane Lin, Kyoto University, Japan ; Hsiu-Ping Yueh, Yi-Lin Liu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan ; Tetsuo Shoji, Koh Kakusho, Michihiko Minoh, Kyoto University, Japan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper describes the implementation of using project-based learning in an international distance course to support students' intercultural collaboration. Sixty-three students with different nationalities, cultures, school traditions and professional disciplines enrolled in an applied course on educational technology, and accomplished project works together. Through the design of the PBL curriculum and implementation with great support and facilitation from instructors and TAs, observation and feedback data were collected to understand the effectiveness of this practice. Results show that students were highly motivated by the PBL curriculum design for its novelty of intercultural collaboration, well-structured presentation practices, and the achievement of team learning with the successful artifacts development. Project-based learning also proved to function well as a sound pedagogy for international distance learning context which mediated the cultural interaction.
Lin, W.J., Yueh, H.P., Liu, Y.L., Shoji, T., Kakusho, K. & Minoh, M. (2007). Using project-based learning as the intercultural collaboration framework for an international distance course. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1855-1860). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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