Web-based student learning: accommodating cultural diversity

Reushle, Shirley and McDonald, Jacquelin (2000) Web-based student learning: accommodating cultural diversity. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 9 (3). pp. 351-359. ISSN 0971-2690


Many institutions worldwide are responding to emerging information and communication technologies by adopting web-based education and training. Within the context of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, the effort to support web-based education and training focuses primarily on online pedagogy, which is seen to be at the heart of successful teaching and learning online. This paper briefly outlines a conceptual framework for student learning consisting of three models: the independent learner, the interactive learner and the collaborative learner. All three models need to be considered in an integrated manner when designing online instruction. The paper provides an analysis of the literature in order to determine the variables that influence learner diversity, with a particular focus on cultural diversity. It is suggested that the integration of models of student learning into web-based instructional design will accommodate learner diversity educators face in a global environment.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Special issue on Web-based Education and Training. From web site: 'Copyright Indira Gandhi National Open University and authors for individual papers.'
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2008 23:52
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 23:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: learner diversity; cultural diversity; instructional design; Internet; pedagogy; web-based education; models of learning
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4370

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