Transnational distance education : cultural and quality considerations

Latchem, Colin & Ryan, Yoni (2013) Transnational distance education : cultural and quality considerations. In Willems, J., Tynan, B., & James, R. (Eds.) Global Challenges and Perspectives in Blended and Distance Learning. Information Science Reference, Hershey, PA, pp. 55-72.

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There have now been two decades of rhetoric on the need for culturally and contextually appropriate perspectives in international education. However, the extent to which courses, provision and pedagogy have truly reflected differences in cultural characteristics and learning preferences is still open to question. Little attention has been paid to these matters in quality assurance frameworks. This chapter discusses these issues and draws upon Hofstede’s cultural dimensions framework and studies into Asian pedagogy and uses of educational technology. It proposes a benchmark and performance indicators for assuring cultural, contextual, educational and technological appropriateness in the provision of transnational distance education in Asia by Australian universities.

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ID Code: 71627
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Asia, transnational education, distance education, e-learning, culture, pedagogy, quality assurance, HERN
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3978-2.ch004
ISBN: 9781466639782
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Information Science Reference
Deposited On: 15 May 2014 00:45
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 05:32

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