The role of technology based approaches in globalizing education

Nooriafshar, Mehryar (2005) The role of technology based approaches in globalizing education. Journal of New Business Ideas and Trends, 3 (1). pp. 46-52. ISSN 1446-8719

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Students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds choose English speaking countries for the tertiary studies in popular fields such as Business. It would certainly help this group of students if teaching materials were designed in such a way that dependency and reliance on language was kept to minimum. Technology plays an important role in achieving this objective.
Current Information Technology provides ideal opportunities for development of Visually Rich (VR) learning environments. Future information technology products may also facilitate capturing, digitising, storing and transferring human thoughts as an independent medium directly to other sources. Imagine the ability of directly transferring an animation of a concept to a learner in a thought file. After all, the language of thought is probably universal and is not based on a particular type of language. In a strictly natural way, we do not have to pronounce words in our though's Forms (Plato's Republic) or Aristotles' Essences (De-Anima). Although using visually enhanced multimedia teaching materials is not quite like a direct transfer of ideas to others, it is a step in the right direction.
This paper investigates how the latest technologies can be used in creating learning environments with a lower text dependency to suit students from different linguistic backgrounds. Therefore, by incorporating appropriate visual features, educational multimedia materials can be developed in a generic language like English, and be available to students whose native tongue is another language. Examples and strategies for development of such systems are provided and discussed in this paper.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management (Up to 31 Mar 2007)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management (Up to 31 Mar 2007)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:17
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: visually rich multimedia learning environment; VRMLE; model
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4703 Language studies > 470306 English as a second language
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461002 Human information behaviour
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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