“… the issue of culture in the ﬁeld of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is gaining ground and an increasing audience of interest. The instructional designers, assigned to design the educational content and experiences, are not immune from the inﬂuence of their own cultural blinders.” (p 198)
Describes experimental study that attempts to correlate self-identified cultural markers with web site characteristics. Web sites are differentiated as localized and internationalized. Cultural markers include ‘culture,’ language, and geographic location.
I presented a brief research paper at the CATaC conference in Vancouver on June 18, 2010. My presentation was part of the track on “cultural diversity in e-learning and/or m-learning.” The title of the paper is “The Effect of Culture on Online Learning.” Paper and presentation The completed paper is published at Issuu.com here (short … Read more
“Value orientations are complex but definitely patterned (rank-ordered) principles, resulting from the transactional interplay of three analytically distinguishable elements of the evaluative process—the cognitive, the affective, and the directive elements—which give order and direction to the ever-flowing stream of human acts and thoughts as they relate to the solution of ‘common human’ problems.” (p 4)
“… assumptions about effective practice in online distance education (mainly developed in Western counties) may turn out to be faulty when applied in educational contexts where learners from other cultural backgrounds study.” (p 69)
“… this study reveals how important local tutors are in helping students adapt to the style of the material and to make a course developed in another country both culturally and pedagogically relevant.” (p 223)
“… unless the values of the various cultures for which the learning is intended are taken into account to start with, the quality of the learning experience may be compromised. … The authors’ view is that e-learning’s starting point should be an effective learning strategy, developed with cultural diversity in mind …” (p 264)
Singh, N. (2002). Analyzing cultural sensitivity of websites. Journal of Practical Global Business, 1(2), 32-53. [A broad but basic overview of considerations for cultural adaptation of web sites. — oki] Selected references Barber, W. and Badre, A. (1998), “Culturability: The Merging of Culture and Usability,” Available at: http://www.research.att.com/conf/hfweb/ Kluckhohn, F.R and Strodtbeck, F.Z (1961), Variations … Read more