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Studying Online in a Globalized World: Cross-Cultural and General Issues from International Students’ Perspectives
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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper reports on a study that explored cross-cultural and related general issues in the design of global online courses in a globalized world. Participants were nine international students who studied at an online MBA program offered by a top-ranking business school in the Midwest. These students, located at five different countries, took the online courses while working full-time in their home countries for an international company headquartered in U.S. Each participant was interviewed at a one-on-one basis. Five categories were identified from the interviews: (1) Teaching, instructional materials and activities; (2) Learning and learner control; (3) Assessment; (4) Collaboration and communication; and (5) Technology. Their suggestions for making the online courses meet the demand of globalization and the needs of students from different cultural backgrounds were reported. This paper also provides implications and recommendations based on the findings of the study.

Citation

Liu, S., Liu, X., Lee, S.h. & Magjuka, R. (2008). Studying Online in a Globalized World: Cross-Cultural and General Issues from International Students’ Perspectives. In C. Bonk, M. Lee & T. Reynolds (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2008--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2913-2918). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .

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