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Paul Gorski's EdChange - Multicultural, Anti-bias, & Diversity Activities & Exercises

Paul Gorski's EdChange - Multicultural, Anti-bias, & Diversity Activities & Exercises | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Multicultural, Anti-bias, & Diversity Activities & Exercises


The activities have been developed and refined for multicultural education courses and workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers. All activities that lead to dialogue on issues such as oppression, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination should be closely examined and appropriately modified for the target audience. Address questions about the following activities to Paul Gorski.

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This is a favorite resource for face to face multicultural activities that can be adapted for online use.  For many years, I've used the ground rules activity to set 'netiquette' expectations.  

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Culture Crossing Activity - YouTube

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Here's a quick overview of the Culture Crossing Guide from online instructor Maggie Rouman.

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Supporting Cultural Diversity in e-Learning - YouTube

short presentation video
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Interesting case study that will help you shift your point of view.

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Character Minutes's curator insight, June 2, 2015 11:20 AM

Greay food for thought thT relates to online classes that reach students outside the USA.

 

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Paul Gorski: MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION AND THE INTERNET--Multicultual Activities

Paul Gorski: MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION AND THE INTERNET--Multicultual Activities | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The following activities have been developed and refined for multicultural education courses and workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers. All activities that lead to dialogue on issues such as oppression, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination should be closely examined and appropriately modified for the target audience. Address questions about the following activities to Paul Gorski.
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This is a favorite (if somewhat dated) resource for online multicultural activities. .  For many years, I've used the ground rules activity to set 'netiquette' expectations.  

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Paul Gorski's Guide for Setting Ground Rules

Paul Gorski's Guide for Setting Ground Rules | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

From Paul Gorski's Multicultural Pavilion


"Whenever you hope to facilitate conversations on social justice concerns, whether preparing for a one-hour workshop or weaving such discussions into a year-long class, a vital first step is the development of guidelines for participation. These guidelines, often referred to as "ground rules" or "community norms," should provide the community within a workshop or class a framework to ensure open, respectful dialogue and maximum participation."

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Designed for face to face groups, this guide to essential ground rules can still be applied to online work.


Although rule 7. Be conscious of body language... would only apply in synchronous video conferences, everything else on this list hits the mark. 

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E-Learning Teamwork:Social and Cultural Characteristic and Influence

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Distance Higher Education Experiences of Arab Gulf Students in the United States: A cultural perspective | Al-Harthi | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Distance Higher Education Experiences of Arab Gulf Students in the United States: A cultural perspective | Al-Harthi | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Aisha S. Al-Harthi
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman


Abstract

This article reports on a phenomenological research study that was undertaken to provide cultural understanding about the nature of distance education experiences of Arab graduate students pursuing degree programs in the United States. As a theoretical framework, Hofstede’s international difference dimensions and Hall’s concept of low and high context cultures were used. Six participants were interviewed from the Arab Gulf States. Analysis of these interviews revealed cultural aspects related to student background. Description of participant experiences are explained in the following themes: mandatory nature of the experience, persistence of social shame feelings online, language difficulties, less participation, and avoidance of confrontation and aggravation of feelings. This study concludes with a few recommendations for future research.


Keywords: Arab students; culture; distance education; anxiety; online; gender

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Ethnicity, Gender, and Perceptions of Online Learning in Higher Educatio

Ethnicity, Gender, and Perceptions of Online Learning in Higher Educatio | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it


Carol Y. Ashong
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30302 USA
carolashong@yahoo.com

Nannette E. Commander
Professor
Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30302 USA
ncommander@gsu.edu



Abstract

This paper reports on a quantitative study that investigated the impact of ethnicity and gender on perceptions of online learning. Specifically, the study examined African-American students' perceptions of online learning as compared to those of their White-American counterparts. Participants completed a survey that investigated nine different elements of the online learning environment: Computer Usage, Teacher Support, Student Interaction and Collaboration, Personal Relevance, Authentic Learning, Student Autonomy, Equity, Enjoyment, and Asynchronicity. African-American and White students had overall positive views of online learning, but African-Americans reported significantly less positive views regarding the feature of asynchronicity. Females had more positive perceptions than males on Teacher Support, Student Interaction and Collaboration, Personal Relevance, Authentic Learning, and Student Autonomy. The findings of this study indicate that gender and ethnicity independently influence students' perceptions of online learning.

Keywords: African-American students, gender, higher education, collaborative learning, prior online experience, student perceptions, Online Learning Environment Survey (OLES)

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As an online instructor this research underscores the need for UDL. Differentiation and a willingness to challenge your own point of view are invaluable. 

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Improving Cross-Cultural Awareness and Communication through Mobile Technologies

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Keywords: Digital Media; Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Competencies;
Mobile Storytelling; Online Collaboration

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Developing an International Distance Education Program: A Blended Learning Approach

Developing an International Distance Education Program: A Blended Learning Approach | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Ravisha Mathur
Assistant Professor
College of Education
San José State University
Ravisha.Mathur@sjsu.edu 

Lisa Oliver
Assistant Professor
College of Education
San José State University
loliver@sjsu.edu

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Building a dynamic international distance education program can be a complex operation. The purpose of this paper is to discuss a model for global learning that utilizes a blended learning approach. This paper will describe how a blended learning approach was implemented in an international instructional technology Master’s program to the benefit of both universities and countries involved. The discussion will focus on a specific framework for developing an international, blended learning program with special consideration of cultural differences in language, teaching philosophy, and education.



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This research article from the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration provides case studies about blended, intercultural education.

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Campfires in Cyberspace: Primordial Metaphors for Learning in the 21st Century - David D. Thornburg, Ph.D

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Thornburg's metaphor resonates. He describes online community and communication in a way that will stay with you. 

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Middle East eLearning Market to Reach $560.7 million by 2016

Middle East eLearning Market to Reach $560.7 million by 2016 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
SEATTLE, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The revenues for Self-paced eLearning products in the Middle East reached $378.4 million in 2011. The growth rate is 8.2% and revenues will reach $560.7 million ...
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I've been working with a local expert in Quatar to offer e-learning educuation to professors in that country.  I hope we'll start soon with our first groups.  Reaching across the world to learn with each other should be interesting! 

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Best Practices in Online Teaching for Student Engagement | Teaching and Learning Initiative

Best Practices in Online Teaching for Student Engagement | Teaching and Learning Initiative | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Many theorists predict that online education will gradually surpass traditional classrooms in the role of educating students in higher education....


The growing trend toward online education is self-evident through the increasing popularity of online universities such as University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, Strayer University and many others. Economic trends have forced more and more disenfranchised individuals out of the workforce and into a situation of needing to achieve a higher education to improve their chances for employability; many of the students in these online colleges and universities are students over 25, with families, and some with full- or part-time jobs.

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University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.