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Between ideal and reality A different view on online‐learning interaction in a cross‐national context

Between ideal and reality A different view on online‐learning interaction in a cross‐national... Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine similar and/or different perspectives on, and practices of online‐learning interaction as projected by the participating educators who are from either Korea or the USA. Design/methodology/approach – In this study, the authors analyzed how college instructors from two countries, Korea and the USA, consider the role of online‐learning interaction in their students' learning by interviewing nine instructors from both countries. The authors examined the educators' responses using constructivism and Confucianism as the frame of reference. Findings – The analysis showed that the US instructors tend to focus on learner‐to‐learner interaction, whereas Korean instructors emphasized teacher‐to‐learner interaction. Korean instructors perceived a gap between ideal and reality in integrating interaction as a part of online activities in the course. Originality/value – This study focuses on a cross‐national comparison of online‐learning interaction between Korea and the USA. Thus, it will provide practical ideas for global or multicultural user experiences on online‐learning courses. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for Multicultural Education Emerald Publishing

Between ideal and reality A different view on online‐learning interaction in a cross‐national context

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2053-535X
DOI
10.1108/JME-04-2013-0018
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine similar and/or different perspectives on, and practices of online‐learning interaction as projected by the participating educators who are from either Korea or the USA. Design/methodology/approach – In this study, the authors analyzed how college instructors from two countries, Korea and the USA, consider the role of online‐learning interaction in their students' learning by interviewing nine instructors from both countries. The authors examined the educators' responses using constructivism and Confucianism as the frame of reference. Findings – The analysis showed that the US instructors tend to focus on learner‐to‐learner interaction, whereas Korean instructors emphasized teacher‐to‐learner interaction. Korean instructors perceived a gap between ideal and reality in integrating interaction as a part of online activities in the course. Originality/value – This study focuses on a cross‐national comparison of online‐learning interaction between Korea and the USA. Thus, it will provide practical ideas for global or multicultural user experiences on online‐learning courses.

Journal

Journal for Multicultural EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 8, 2014

Keywords: Interaction; Cross‐national study; Online learning

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