Fostering Exemplary Online Learning Communities Within Diverse Cultural Contexts

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Justus, M.
Presentation Date: 
Monday, November 5, 2012
Event or Conference: 
Global Learn 2012
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Location: 
United States
Within the context of distance learning, students form inter-cultural learning communities unconstrained by time and place. Technology transcends geographic boundaries and contributes to the migration of knowledge and understanding across cultures. Facilitators can play an important role to help heighten intercultural awareness by fostering a better understanding of the nuances of languages, values and attitudes of diverse cultures to maximize the opportunity for knowledge sharing and reflective thinking skills. This paper describes methodologies and best practices to develop exemplary online learning communities that both preserve and share cultural ways of knowing.