Learning culture meets new media: A content analysis of online tutorials among Malaysian students
Zenaida Lowe, Rezzen (M) Pte Ltd, Malaysia
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
While it is evident that cultural values shape the use of technology, is it possible for technology to create a context where the understood norms of a culture no longer hold? Learning culture in Asia has long been seen as highly influenced by Asian values such as 'face-saving,' a low tolerance for risk, high power distance and a low level of individualism (Ess & Sudweeks, 2001). In Malaysia, the use of technology in education may challenge this view of Asian learning. Around 200 students are currently pursuing part-time MBAs via a blended learning system. For each topic, the students spend several hours in web tutorials - a modified online chat highly popular among students and instructors - in which students engage in animated discussion, contrary to expectation. This paper analyses tutorial transcripts to determine how the users conform to, and deviate from the behaviour expected in an Asian classroom, in an effort to shed light on ways to promote interactivity among Asian students.
Lowe, Z. (2005). Learning culture meets new media: A content analysis of online tutorials among Malaysian students. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 544-547). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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