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Diverse Ideas and Experiences: Learning in a Cross-Cultural Online Environment PROCEEDINGS

, University of San Diego, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The purpose of this case study was to explore learning in a cross-cultural online environment. Students attended either a Midwestern United States university or a South African university, and were enrolled in the course “Teaching and Learning about Africa.” Dewey’s writing (1902, 1915, 1916) provided the theoretical framework and was used to guide the interpretation of results. Participants described learning from the expression of both diverse ideas and diverse experiences. Specifically, students described how experiences directly influenced their worldview. The online course created a venue for authentic cross-cultural learning, while exposing students to new ideas and others’ experiences, which in turn caused them to refine their worldviews.


Devers, C. (2011). Diverse Ideas and Experiences: Learning in a Cross-Cultural Online Environment. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2401-2406). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 18, 2018 from .

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