IJCH 2016 Vol.2(4): 178-183 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2016.2.4.060

Cultural Inclusiveness in Online Learning: Can Educational Technology Be a Solution?

Hwangji Lu
Abstract—Combined with the advances in information and communications technology, online learning has become a vital component of the U. S. higher education. One-size-fit-all teaching methodology can no longer meet the needs of diverse students that possess various culture heritages. A carefully instructional design is needed to address cultural differences among students. Several strategies of culturally appropriate online teaching are discussed. The integration of educational technologies into course design and content delivery can enhance students’ learning experiences and outcomes by creating a more dynamic learning environment. This paper concludes that the use of multiple modes of media demonstrates the institutions’ and instructors’ sensitivity to cultural inclusiveness.

Index Terms—Computer-mediated communication, culture preferences, learning styles, online education.

Hwangji Lu is with Ashford University, USA (e-mail: hwangji.lu@Ashford.edu).

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Cite: Hwangji Lu, "Cultural Inclusiveness in Online Learning: Can Educational Technology Be a Solution?," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 178-183, 2016.

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