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Technology enhancements across cultures in higher education

Burgess, M., Currie, J. and Maor, D.ORCID: 0000-0002-0743-4755 (2004) Technology enhancements across cultures in higher education. In: Vrasidas, C. and Glass, G.V., (eds.) Online professional development for teachers. Information Age Publishing Inc., Greenwich, Conn., pp. 159-176.

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It is a commonly held view that the unique characteristics of new Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) have the potential to facilitate student-centered and independent learning. In this chapter we examine this assumption with specific reference to Australia's offshore programs in South East Asia. Many offshore programs are developed for onshore students only, and little explicit attention is given to the cross-cultural issues arise when the same material is taught in another country. There is concern that if cultural issues are not considered in offshore programs, any potential benefit of such programs may not be fully realized. In addition, a lack of understanding of cultural issues may have a negative effect on the diversity of information, languages, and cultures. Using Australian offshore education in Malaysia as a case study, we elaborate on Zigura's (2001) concept of "cultural responsiveness" and explore the issues that arise when new technologies are utilized in offshore/transnational education. We consider the experiences of three lecturers at two private colleges in Malaysia, and question the effectiveness of technology enhancements for their students.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Information Age Publishing Inc.
Copyright: 2004 Information Age Publishing
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