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Cases on Cultural Implications and Considerations in Online Learning

Cases on Cultural Implications and Considerations in Online Learning
Author(s)/Editor(s): Andrea Edmundson (eWorld Learning, USA)
Copyright: ©2013
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1885-5
ISBN13: 9781466618855
ISBN10: 146661885X
EISBN13: 9781466618862


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Expectations – of life, work, education, and so forth – are rooted in cultural values. As a result, access to an engagement with online learning is a culture-bound experience.

Cases on Cultural Implications and Considerations in Online Learning illustrates ways in which to reach and engage learners across cultures by using online learning that accommodates cultural differences and preferences. This casebook helps online educators understand what cultural expectations their students have before they create online programs and tailor their instructional designs for multicultural and international learners.

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Reviews and Testimonials

Edmundson, who designs culturally appropriate training courses and materials and teaches graduate courses on distance learning and educational technology, brings together 17 cases by a global group of researchers working in education, computer science, business, and other areas who discuss cultural implications and considerations in online learning. They focus on cultural expectations, and content, instructional, and institutional globalization, as they discuss designing culturally appropriate e-learning for those from an Arabic background, online collaborative art studios, Chinese postgraduate students learning online in New Zealand, incorporating other worldviews in course management and learning systems, developing and teaching an intercultural communication course online and the cultural implications of access, developing an e-learning course for a global legal firm, integrating culture with e-learning management system design, the instructional design process for courses on ethics and compliance, an educational application designed to develop intercultural empathy in teens, learning in cross-cultural online MBA courses, cross-cultural virtual classroom exchange programs, international collaboration in distance education, and other topics.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

While this volume does not speak directly to teaching theology or religion, it does offer insights on cultural implications that will impact online pedagogical approaches, as well as course delivery in these disciplines. [...] Useful for faculty who are teaching online classes. This volume would make a good addition to theological libraries at institutions with online learning programs.

– Jonathan C. Roach, St. Thomas University, Teaching Theology and Religion, Wiley

Author's/Editor's Biography

Andrea Edmundson (Ed.)
Andrea Edmundson, CPLP is the Global Learning Strategist and CEO of eWorldLearning, Inc., ( She is an expert in designing culturally appropriate training courses and materials (online or in classroom) in order to increase their effectiveness in other cultures and countries. She created the research-based Cultural Adaptation Process (CAP) Model, a unique process that helps instructional designers to align courses – content, instructional approach, and multimedia - to the cultural characteristics and preferences of targeted learners. She also founded the Global eLearning Community, an online membership association for professionals whose work encompasses culture, learning, and technology. She authored the pioneering book, Globalized eLearning Cultural Challenges (2007) and introduced the concept of Cross-Cultural Learning Objects (XCLOs). Dr. Edmundson served 3 terms as President of the American Society for Training and Development (Greater Tucson Chapter). She teaches graduate courses on distance learning and educational technology for several online universities. During her 25-year career in training and development, she has provided training courses - in the classroom and online - in 30+ countries for thousands of learners.


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