E-Learning in Culturally Diverse Settings: Challenges on Collaborative Learning and Possible Solutions

In: Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Learning 2011, part of the Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCIS), Band 1
(2011), S. 141 - 149
Buchaufsatz / Kapitel / Fach: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften » Fachgebiet Wirtschaftsinformatik » Wirtschaftsinformatik der Produktionsunternehmen
When using the Internet, E-Learning can be provided in internationally diverse settings. However, according to an expertstudy
we conducted in September 2010, participation in E-Learning courses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland mostly
is limited to national (local) learners. The organizations argued that truly international settings are not sufficiently understood
to be coped with, particularly because of intercultural challenges. In this paper, cultural challenges of collaborative
work in international E-Learning scenarios are focused on. First, the general background is introduced. Sequently, culture-
related challenges for group-work are discussed, based on our survey on culturally motivated attitudes of learners.
The survey has been conducted in the period from August 2010 to February 2011, involving university students in Germany
and South-Korea. Finally, possible solutions are proposed.