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E-learning with Chinese learners, west meets east.

Collins-Hughes, Edward Robert (2006) E-learning with Chinese learners, west meets east. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to consider possible modifications e-learning providers from 'western' countries, such as Ireland, need to make for Chinese learners. These providers can be commercial organisations or academic institutions, or other entities and the Chinese learners can be learning in China or as expatriates in a western country, such as Ireland.
The hypothesis was: "Chinese learners need e-learning which is developed to meet their culture and learning styles". The project involved a range of research methodologies. These included a questionnaire, interviews and an experiment. A broad range of people, including Chinese learners, their teachers and other people working with them, in Ireland and China, took part in the project. The questionnaire was distributed by teachers in a number of educational institutions, and by email, and was also downloadable from a dedicated website set up by this author for the project (http://w.wmelearnxom).
Interviews were carried out in Ireland and China. The experiment involved two groups of Chinese learners one using e-learning without any special modifications; the other using modifications which had been identified from the extensive literature review, questionnaire and interviews.
This research report contains details of how the project was operationalised, incorporating detailed methodologies and tools. The hypothesis was proven to a large extent. A 10-point model of modifications was presented and this author set out a number of recommendations to put these into practical action. This author recommends that the research work continue into the future in this exciting and challenging arena.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
Divisions: School of Computing > Master of Science in Learning Technologies
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 19 May 2010 11:53
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2012 14:45
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/185

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