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ERIC Number: EJ764152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3987
Using Level 1 E-Learning to Support Socio-Economic Development
Edmundson, Andrea
Educational Media International, v44 n2 p99-111 Jun 2007
The most developed, progressive, and economically stable countries in the world are those that are technologically advanced. Technological change and the building of human capabilities are interrelated: each requires the development of the other for success and the "rethinking [of] educational systems to meet the new challenges of technology." Using e-learning is one way in which to increase access to technology education, subsequently introducing new technologies and improving technological literacy. However, most e-learning courses are designed in Western cultures, whereas the largest and fastest-growing consumer groups live in Eastern cultures, challenging educators to provide e-learning that results in equitable learning outcomes for targeted learners in different cultures. Findings in the exploratory study, "The cross-cultural dimensions of globalized e-learning" indicated that Level 1 e-learning, in which simple "translation" of content is deemed adequate as a cultural adaptation technique, can be used to accomplish those goals. Thus, while educators in the United States regularly encourage a transition to facilitative teaching and training, for the purpose of exporting existing e-learning courses or adapting appropriate technical courses for other cultures, courses with didactic foundations seem best suited to repurposing. In this article, the author briefly reports study results but focuses on how Level 1 e-learning courses can be used to advance international development goals. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India; United States