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A cross-cultural study of online collaborative learning

Chang Zhu UGent, Martin Valcke UGent and Tammy Schellens UGent (2009) MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL. 3(1). p.33-46
abstract
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is (1) to examine whether there is a cultural gap in student perceptions of online collaborative learning, and (2) to investigate to what extent student perceptions, motivation, and learning strategies change over time due to the actual involvement in a collaborative e-learning environment. Design/methodology/approach - A parallel e-learning environment for a first-year university course was implemented for a Flemish group (n = 217) at Ghent University and a Chinese group (n = 165) at Beijing Normal University. Student perceptions of the online collaborative learning environment and their motivation and learning strategies before and after the e-learning experience were measured. Findings - The findings show that the Flemish group perceived the online collaborative learning environment more positively compared to the Chinese group. However, Chinese students’ motivation and learning strategies changed significantly towards a way that is more in line with a social-constructivist learning approach after the online collaborative learning experience. Practical implications - The current results indicate that students from different cultural contexts perceive online collaborative learning environments differently. Specific cultural adaptations in e-learning design could be considered when an e-learning environment is to be implemented cross-culturally. Originality/value - This study can help both Chinese and Western instructors to become aware of different perceptions of online collaborative learning and to be more supportive to the students.
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journal title
MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL
volume
3
issue
1
issue title
Cognitive and Learning Styles
pages
33 - 46
ISSN
1750-497X
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A2
VABB id
c:vabb:279452
VABB type
VABB-1
id
525072
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-525072
date created
2009-03-19 10:30:14
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2016-12-19 15:45:55
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  abstract     = {Purpose - The purpose of this paper is (1) to examine whether there is a cultural gap in student perceptions of online collaborative learning, and (2) to investigate to what extent student perceptions, motivation, and learning strategies change over time due to the actual involvement in a collaborative e-learning environment. 
Design/methodology/approach - A parallel e-learning environment for a first-year university course was implemented for a Flemish group (n = 217) at Ghent University and a Chinese group (n = 165) at Beijing Normal University. Student perceptions of the online collaborative learning environment and their motivation and learning strategies before and after the e-learning experience were measured. Findings - The findings show that the Flemish group perceived the online collaborative learning environment more positively compared to the Chinese group. However, Chinese students{\textquoteright} motivation and learning strategies changed significantly towards a way that is more in line with a social-constructivist learning approach after the online collaborative learning experience. Practical implications - The current results indicate that students from different cultural contexts perceive online collaborative learning environments differently. Specific cultural adaptations in e-learning design could be considered when an e-learning environment is to be implemented cross-culturally. 
Originality/value - This study can help both Chinese and Western instructors to become aware of different perceptions of online collaborative learning and to be more supportive to the students.},
  author       = {Zhu, Chang and Valcke, Martin and Schellens, Tammy},
  issn         = {1750-497X},
  journal      = {MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION \& TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {33--46},
  title        = {A cross-cultural study of online collaborative learning},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Zhu, Chang, Martin Valcke, and Tammy Schellens. 2009. “A Cross-cultural Study of Online Collaborative Learning.” Multicultural Education & Technology Journal 3 (1): 33–46.
APA
Zhu, Chang, Valcke, M., & Schellens, T. (2009). A cross-cultural study of online collaborative learning. MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL, 3(1), 33–46.
Vancouver
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Zhu C, Valcke M, Schellens T. A cross-cultural study of online collaborative learning. MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL. 2009;3(1):33–46.
MLA
Zhu, Chang, Martin Valcke, and Tammy Schellens. “A Cross-cultural Study of Online Collaborative Learning.” MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL 3.1 (2009): 33–46. Print.