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Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Sean Cassidy - Sunday, 12 June 2011, 01:05 AM

Proposed Wiki Title: A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised world
Purpose: The failure of many e – learning systems in a globalised world to take into account the culture of the learner leads to a perpetuation of disadvantages and inequalities that exist under models of learning and teaching operating today. This wiki will examine a selection of structural and pedagogical practices and models used in e-learning which prevent learners from reaching their full potential and make a number of suggestions designed to improve learning for the cultural groups chosen.
Scope: The settings for this study will be Abu Dhabi, India and New Zealand. E-learning within these countries will be examined looking at practices and issues which have strengthened or weakened learning taking into account a cultural perspective.
Relevance: Globalisation, it has been alleged, will lead to a sterilized, sanitized and trivialized global commercial culture. How do we retain group culture while taking advantage of the benefits globalisation offers for e-learning? Group members have chosen areas of interest which will have practical application in their teaching practice today or the future.
Suggested Topic Outline:
  1. General discussion of definitions and outline of wiki
  2. Abu Dhabi (Nigel)
  3. India (Mercy)
  4. New Zealand – Maori (Sean)
  5. Framework/table comparing the three different cultural settings
  6. Conclusion
Questions/Discussion Points:
Definition of culture, globalisation, e-learning
Identification of e-learning educational disadvantages and inequalities under present models of learning operating in each setting
Suggestions on ways of improving the delivery of e-learning in each setting
Comparison similarities and differences between cultures (table format)

Key References
Belk, R.W. Hyper-reality and Globalization: Culture in the Age of Ronald McDonald, Journal of International Consumer Marketing. Vol 8, No 3.4, 1996, pp 23- 27.
Critical Success Factors for Effective Use of e-Learning with Mäori Learners accessed on 8 June 2011 at http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/download/ng/file/group-996/n3981-critical-success-factors-for-effective-use-of-elearning-with-mori-learners.pdf
Ferguson, S.L. Key elements for a Māori e-Learning framework accessed on 8 June 2011 at http://www.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/article/viewFile/173/176
ITP New Zealand. A Literature Review on Kaupapa Maori and Maori Educational Pedagogy. November , 2004.

Olaniran, B.A. Discerning Culture in E-Learning and in the Global Workplaces. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal, Vol.1, No.3. pp 180 – 195.
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Ron Taiapa
Ron Taiapa

Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Ronald Taiapa - Sunday, 12 June 2011, 08:36 AM

kia ora Shaun
We have chosen a similar topic but have a different bent. Welcome aboard I am really looking forward to seeing where this will take us.
Mauri ora Na Ron
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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Mercy Seleena Chiluvuri - Sunday, 12 June 2011, 10:42 AM

Hi Ron,
Even group 2 has chosen more or less a similar topic. It is quite interesting to see the end product of these three wikis.
Mercy
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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Sean Cassidy - Thursday, 16 June 2011, 12:17 AM

Yes Mercy, I agree with you. One oif the advantages of face to face learning is that by discussing matters one makes more sense of whatever is being discussed and considers different viewpoints. Forums, apart from the use of tools such as Skype, is the nearest we can get to considering ideas and arriving at shared understandings. So the outcomes of the wikis being developed will be very interesting.

Cheerfs
Sean
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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Sean Cassidy - Thursday, 16 June 2011, 12:13 AM

Hi Ron
We are looking forward to examining e-learning from a multi-cultural approach noting similarities and differences and seeing what we can take back to our respective teaching settings.
Cheers
Sean
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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Mercy Seleena Chiluvuri - Thursday, 16 June 2011, 12:25 PM

Great idea Sean!
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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Chris Heenan - Tuesday, 21 June 2011, 12:48 PM

Hi Guys,
This is very similar to what our droup is doing. We have been somewhat ambitious in what we hoped to cover and are rethinkinking the big trim down or should I say refining and refocusing. I think we are all being very aspirational. I just wonder if you have made an overstatement of coverage just like we have.
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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Sean Cassidy - Friday, 24 June 2011, 12:19 PM

HI Chris
We have certainly 'biten off a large chunk'. This may become apparent as we start to flesh out our ideas and we may need to change our coverage.
Thanks for that
Cheers
Sean
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Ron Taiapa
Ron Taiapa

Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Ronald Taiapa - Thursday, 23 June 2011, 01:27 PM

kia ora Sean
  • Really looking forward to this wiki project
  • Will the general discussion on globalisation cover both negative and positive aspects?
Mary, Pacifico and Ron
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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Sean Cassidy - Friday, 24 June 2011, 12:22 PM

Kia ora Ron
Thank you for your considered thoughts we will look at these closely.
Cheers
Sean
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Maggie
Maggie

Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Maggie Hartnett - Friday, 24 June 2011, 06:34 AM

Hi Sean, Nigel and Mercy,
E-learning practices and cultural considerations in different educational contexts is certainly a theme that has generated lots of interest both within your group and among the other groups. It's good to see. I hope this collaboration across groups continues as the research and wiki developments phases progress.
I know I'm starting to sound repetitive but the breadth of scope of your proposal needs consideration (as it has for other groups as well).To cover 3 different contexts within the constraints of the assignment means your research will need to be tight and focused.
Ron asked a good question when he queried whether your focus will be positive as well as negative aspects of e-learning in your chosen contexts. It's important for a couple of reasons. Firstly, focusing on both will inevitably increase the coverage of your project. Secondly, if you choose not to focus on aspects of e-learning that are working it may make the suggestions for improvement section problematic.
Also think about what education sector you are wanting to focus on. It's obviously more difficult to make comparisons between e-learning practices at primary school with those at say tertiary level.
Cheers
Maggie

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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Sean Cassidy - Friday, 24 June 2011, 12:25 PM

HI Maggie
Again thank you for the ideas you have suggested. The more one looks at the questions asked the more apparent it becomes that we will have to tightly define the area we look at.
Have a good break.

Cheers
Sean
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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Mercy Seleena Chiluvuri - Saturday, 25 June 2011, 12:23 PM

Hi Sean,
Yes, I agree with you that we should have to tightly define the area. Good suggestions from Maggie and Ron. Probable we need to look at " the negative aspects of e-learning and suggestions to improve" What do you both think?
cheers
Mercy
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Re: Group 8 - A comparison of e – learning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised worldby Sean Cassidy - Monday, 27 June 2011, 05:11 AM

Hi Mercy and Nigel
I agree, look more at positive than negative. need to rephrase initial ideas.
Cheers
Sean
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Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Mercy Seleena Chiluvuri - Sunday, 21 August 2011, 02:33 PM

Hi All,
This is our raw wiki link
http://globalelearningpractices.wikispaces.com/
Your feedback is much appreciated.
Mercy
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Re: Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Lorraine Taylor - Monday, 22 August 2011, 04:55 AM

Nigel, Mercy and Sean,
Your home page is set out well. It takes little time to read through and gather the emphasis of the wiki. Most importantly, it sparked my interest. The fact that you are looking at elearning practices globally and have chosen three distinct countries is great. The country comparison statistics of the three countries is good support to your topic and is easily accessible. As well, the definitions support your topic and are easily accessible.
The Abu Dhabi page: As you are comparing 'countries' it needs to specify that Abu Dhabi is an Emirate in the United Arab Emirates. A mention that that is the region of focus in your wiki for that particular country perhaps. I like the maps, it's like a hook that keeps me focused. The writing on that page is easy to follow, factual and interesting. Graphs add to the information but my recommendation is if possible make them smaller. I lose the 'flow' of your writing with the huge graphs and small writing. (i appreciate that is just a technical matter in the display of the wiki).
India page. Great there is a map to but I suggest it is set out the same as the Abu Dhabi page with the map at the top. This would keep a uniform standard to the wiki which would help in navigating through the pages. First paragraph is great. The other writing is too long and detailed, I got lost in all of that.
As your wiki is, so far, a work in progress I appreciate that you may be working on the recommendation I have which is you need to ensure that the wiki 'does' what you outline in the purpose of your wiki. As well, the questions you pose in the relevance of your wiki needs to be satisfied within the wiki. Or, the purpose and the relevance need to be redefined. Either way the rubric expects that the purpose of the wiki and the wiki itself will be matched.
  • You write as your purpose ...".....to make a number of suggestions designed to improve learning for the cultural groups chosen."
  • You write as the relevance of the wiki...."Globalisation, it has been alleged, will lead to a sterilized, sanitized and trivialized global commercial culture. How do we retain group culture while taking advantage of the benefits globalisation offers for e-learning?
In reference to your purpose and the relevance of your wiki, I want to find some suggestions and some ways that culture can be retained in implementing e-learning in the countries mentioned. This can be done, I think, by giving brief overviews of links to research, video and perhaps conferences that are currently happening in these countries. For example, a link to the 5th Conference on eLearning excellence in the Middle East being held in Dubai in 2012 might be mentioned.
You've got a great idea for the wiki so just a bit of refining (and an appearance from New Zealand
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or a redefining of perhaps just two not three countries ) and it will be a useful resource.
Cheers, Lorraine


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Re: Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Nigel Crawford - Monday, 22 August 2011, 07:17 AM

Thanks Lorraine
As you say, this is very much work in progress. The 21 August deadline caught up with us much quicker than we wanted.
Thanks for taking the time to wade through the tangled mess that is our website so far. W ehave lots to organise and lots more to add.
Nigel
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Ron Taiapa
Ron Taiapa

Re: Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Ronald Taiapa - Monday, 22 August 2011, 12:27 PM

kia ora koutou
great start, I can't wait to see what you have to say about Māori.

I know what you mean by the deadline, I am so glad Mary and I were in the same

town as at times were on wiki site, email and txt and when things got really messy

it is such an advantage to be able to FTF meet and lay it all out. Kia kaha,

kia toa. and see you online again soon
ano Ron
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Re: Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Mercy Seleena Chiluvuri - Tuesday, 23 August 2011, 04:17 AM

Great suggestions Lorraine! Thanks. Certainly we take into account your suggestions in improving our wiki. Yes I see your points clearly. Still it is work in progress. we would come to a final shape in the next few days, I hope. Thanks again for those valuable suggestions.
Mercy
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Re: Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Mary Waerehu - Sunday, 28 August 2011, 12:05 PM

Hi there,
I agree that Lorraine has made some fantastic and very helpful suggestions!
I can't wait to see how your wiki develops.
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Mary
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Re: Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Isla Taufalele - Wednesday, 24 August 2011, 04:36 AM

Kia ora Mercy, Nigel and Sean
You have made a start on a topical and interesting question.There is plenty to be discussed in terms of learning culture, teaching culture and people culture just from a New Zealand point of view so i am looking forward to your comparison to the other two.
Push on as I want to read the outcome!! All the best, isla
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Re: Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Elizabeth Jane Bradley - Wednesday, 24 August 2011, 10:20 PM

Hi guys,
Love the choice of topic, similar to ours and it is fun to read about the differences between countries. As I live in Abu Dhabi I was very interested that you have chosen this as one of your countries. Someone earlier suggested mentioning that Abu Dhabi is an Emirate or change the topic to United Arab Emirates, whichever works for you. I got a bit lost on the wiki but then realised you are still developing and adding to it. Great info so far on India and looking forward to reading the infor on the other to countries.
It took me awhile to understand the graphs by Hofstede, but I'm not very mathematical so it may just be me. Maybe if someone is having the same issue you could address this, maybe a more simple explanation at the top of the page about what the grpahs below are representing? So the reader knows a little abut what to look for as they scroll down.
Goodluck and great work so far team.
Liz
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Maggie
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Re: Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Maggie Hartnett - Thursday, 25 August 2011, 07:04 AM

Hi Nigel, Mercy and Sean,
You already received a lot of useful feedback from other members of the class, so rather than repeat what has already been said, here are some things to think about from my perspective.
  • You have lots of useful and interesting information in your wiki at the moment. There is still significant work to be done (as I'm sure you're aware of) not only to complete it but draw it together.
  • From what I understand, you are using Hofstede's work (which I've always found fascinating) as a framework for comparing the different approaches to e-learning in these countries. It's a very useful way to go about it because it has the potential to move the discussion beyond superficial comparisons. This needs to be made explicit though. How do the different elements of Hofstede's model help you to draw conclusions?
  • You've a lot of infrastructure information for comparative purposes. It would be helpful if you draw our attention to what's most important about these and why.
  • I notice there are several images in the India section that look like they might come from an article/report. You need to think about copyright issues here (this applies to all our wikis). Are they freely reproducible or are there limits to what you can do with them?
It's a work in progress but I can see there is potential ifor it to be an excellent wiki.
Cheers
Maggie
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Re: Group 8- A comparison of e-learning practices in Abudabi, India and New Zealandby Luchen Xia - Thursday, 1 September 2011, 03:12 AM

Hi, Mercy and the others,
I love your topic, I wish I was in this group and could add some points about China.
Only one suggestion: could you provide some genarilization of your findings in each page about the different countries? That will be very helpful to the readers.

Luchen
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