Cross-cultural online communication: Making connections through project-based learning
Mike Keppell, Morris Jong, Harold Tsang, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong ; Sue Bennett, Lori Lockyer, University of Wollongong, Australia
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper examines a project that encourages cross-cultural communication among teacher-education students through online discussion and project-based learning. An authentic case was presented to eleven students (divided into two groups) who volunteered to participate in the project over one semester. The case focussed on the development of a website by the two groups which would provide information to local Hong Kong students visiting the University of Wollongong on an intensive English immersion programme. The students were encouraged to seek advice from their HKIEd mentor and UOW advisor via synchronous and asynchronous communication tools available in the Blackboard Learning Management System. A development-based research approach was utilised for the project and perceptions were collected from the students, mentors and advisors using reflective journals, video-interviews, focus groups and the final completed project.
Keppell, M., Jong, M., Tsang, H., Bennett, S. & Lockyer, L. (2006). Cross-cultural online communication: Making connections through project-based learning. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1233-1240). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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