Cross-cultural online communication: Making connections through project-based learning

Michael James KEPPELL, Siu Yung Morris JONG, Ho Man TSANG, Sue BENNETT, Lori LCOKYER

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Abstract

This paper examines a project that encourages cross-cultural communication among teacher-education students through online discussion and project-based learning. An authentic case was presented to eleven students (divided into two groups) who volunteered to participate in the project over one semester. The case focussed on the development of a website by the two groups which would provide information to local Hong Kong students visiting the University of Wollongong on an intensive English immersion programme. The students were encouraged to seek advice from their HKIEd mentor and UOW advisor via synchronous and asynchronous communication tools available in the Blackboard Learning Management System. A development-based research approach was utilised for the project and perceptions were collected from the students, mentors and advisors using reflective journals, video-interviews, focus groups and the final completed project. Copyright © 2006 The Association for Advancement of Computing in Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2006
EditorsElaine PEARSON, Paul BOHMAN
Place of PublicationChesapeake, VA
PublisherThe Association for Advancement of Computing in Education
Pages1233-1240
ISBN (Print)9781880094600
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Citation

Keppell, M., Jong, M., Tsang, H., Bennett, S., & Lockyer, L. (2006). Cross-cultural online communication: Making connections through project-based learning. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2006 (pp. 1233-1240). Chesapeake, VA: The Association for Advancement of Computing in Education.

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Students
  • Learning management systems
  • Mentoring

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