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Cases on Globalized and Culturally Appropriate E-Learning

Book Description

E-learning is a cultural artifact and thus, is embedded with the cultural preferences, learning styles, and values of the designing culture, usually western. Yet, the largest and fastest growing groups of learners are in eastern cultures.  Cultural differences should not create barriers to learning, understanding, skill development, or the time and effort it takes to acquire them. Cases on Globalized and Culturally Appropriate E-Learning: Challenges and Solutions offers a multitude of cases illustrating the different challenges faced when offering e-learning to learners of other cultures and, most importantly, how they were resolved. This cutting-edge publication shares contemporary knowledge on how to adapt or develop e-learning that promotes equitable learning outcomes for targeted learners by addressing interdependent disciplines. It is a must-have reference source for organizations with an outsourced workforce, global trainers, educators, and faculty, instructional designers and e-learning developers, translation and localization experts, international development agencies, open courseware advocates, and promoters of reusable learning objects.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword
  5. Preface
  6. Section 1: Section 1: Academic Case Studies
    1. Chapter 1: Incorporating Cultural Components into the Design of an Affective Support Tool for the Malaysian Online Distance Learners
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. SETTING THE STAGE
      4. CASE DESCRIPTION
      5. EVALUATING USER EXPERIENCE
      6. POSITIVE EXPERIENCE USING THE LEARNING CONSOLE
      7. LESSONS LEARNED
      8. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      9. CURRENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES
      10. Mini Cases
      11. Who said Chinese students don’t want to discuss ideas?
    2. Chapter 2: Integrating Culture with E-Learning Management System Design
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
      3. CASE DESCRIPTION
      4. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. CURRENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES
      6. Mini Cases
      7. Take the Easy Way: Facebook for Cross-cultural Collaboration
      8. Language Barriers and Cross-Cultural Dimensions of European Projects
    3. Chapter 3: Culturally Significant Signs, Symbols, and Philosophical Belief Systems within e-learning Environments
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
      3. SETTING THE STAGE
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. EXAMPLES OF THE CAVE TEACHERS
      7. APPENDIX A
      8. APPENDIX B
      9. Mini Cases
      10. Translations! What are They Good For?
      11. Online Learning – The Comfortable Environment
    4. Chapter 4: Chinese Postgraduate Students Learning Online in New Zealand
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. ORGANIZATION OR SITUATION BACKGROUND
      3. SETTING THE STAGE
      4. CASE DESCRIPTION
      5. RESULTS
      6. RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. LESSONS LEARNED
      8. CURRENT, FUTURE, OR RELATED CHALLENGES
      9. Mini Cases
    5. Chapter 5: Designing Culturally Appropriate E-Learning for Learners from an Arabic Background
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. CULTURAL PREFERENCES AND ONLINE LEARNING IN OMAN
      4. CASE DESCRIPTION
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. LESSONS LEARNED
      7. CHALLENGES
      8. Mini Cases
    6. Chapter 6: Shaping Perspectives on the “Culture of Disability”
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. ORGANIZATION OR SITUATION BACKGROUND
      3. CASE DESCRIPTION
      4. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. LESSONS LEARNED
      6. CURRENT, FUTURE, OR RELATED CHALLENGES
      7. Mini Cases
    7. Chapter 7: Blended Learning Internationalization from the Commonwealth
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. SITUATION BACKGROUND
      3. CASE DESCRIPTIONS
      4. ANALYSIS OF SOLUTIONS
      5. LESSONS LEARNED
      6. FUTURE CHALLENGES
      7. Mini Cases
    8. Chapter 8: Learning in Cross-Cultural Online MBA Courses
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. SITUATION BACKGROUND
      3. SETTING THE STAGE
      4. CASE DESCRIPTION
      5. RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. LESSONS LEARNED
      7. FUTURE CHALLENGES
      8. Mini Cases
      9. Teacher, how do I call you?
    9. Chapter 9: Collabor8
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. SETTING THE STAGE
      4. CASE DESCRIPTION
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. Mini Cases
    10. Chapter 10: Teaching Students in Mainland China
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. SITUATION BACKGROUND
      3. SETTING THE STAGE
      4. CASE DESCRIPTION
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. FUTURE RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. LESSONS LEARNED
      8. CURRENT, FUTURE, OR RELATED CHALLENGES
      9. Mini Cases
    11. Chapter 11: Developing an E-Learning Course for a Global Legal Firm
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. ORGANIZATION OR SITUATION BACKGROUND
      3. SETTING THE STAGE
      4. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. LESSONS LEARNED
      6. CURRENT, FUTURE, OR RELATED CHALLENGES
      7. Appendix A
      8. Mini Cases
      9. Educators and Innovation
  7. Section 2: Section 2: Corporate Case Studies
    1. Chapter 12: India to China – Repurposing Learning Software across Cultures
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. ORGANIZATIONAL AND SITUATIONAL BACKGROUND
      3. SETTING THE STAGE: SCOPE OF THE PROJECT AND ITC’S LIBRARY SYSTEM APPLICATION
      4. CASE DESCRIPTION: COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH REVIEW OF THE E-MAIL LOG
      5. LESSONS LEARNED: BEST PRACTICES OF GLOBAL TEAMING
      6. Mini Cases
    2. Chapter 13: Cultural Adaptation of E-Learning Courseware
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. ORGANIZATION OR SITUATION BACKGROUND
      3. SETTING THE STAGE
      4. CASE DESCRIPTION
      5. INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN OR TEACHING CONCERNS
      6. MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY CONCERNS
      7. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      8. LESSONS LEARNED
      9. CURRENT, FUTURE, OR RELATED CHALLENGES
      10. Mini Cases
  8. Section 3: Section 3: Resource Chapters
    1. Chapter 14: Translating E-Learning Courses
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. DEFINITION – WHAT IS TRANSLATION?
      3. THE TRANSLATION PROCESS: WHAT’S INVOLVED?
      4. TRANSLATION BEST PRACTICES
      5. Mini Cases
    2. Chapter 15: Localization for E-Learning
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. I. E-LEARNING AND CULTURE
      4. II. E-LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY
      5. Mini Cases
    3. Chapter 16: The Cultural Adaptation of E-Learning
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. WHAT IS CULTURAL ADAPTATION?
      3. BEYOND TRANSLATION AND LOCALIZATION
      4. HOW TO AVOID CULTURAL ISSUES
      5. THE COSTS OF CULTURAL ADAPTATION
      6. WHY CULTURAL ADAPTATION IS IMPORTANT
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. Mini Cases
    4. Chapter 17: Incorporating “World View” into the LMS or CMS is Best
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
      3. AN EXAMPLE
      4. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. LESSONS LEARNED
      6. CURRENT, FUTURE, AND RELATED CHALLENGES
      7. Mini Cases
    5. Chapter 18: Seeing People with Disabilities as a Culture in the e-learning Environment
      1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
      2. RECOGNIZING DIFFERENCES IN THE WAY PEOPLE LEARN OR ACCEPT INFORMATION
      3. TYPES OF DISABILITIES
      4. THINGS YOU CAN DO TO ADDRESS ACCESSIBILITY CONCERNS
      5. Mini Cases
  9. Section 4: Section 4: Conclusion
    1. Chapter 19: Culture Matters!
      1. THE ELEPHANT AND THE MOUSE
  10. Compilation of References
  11. About the Contributors