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Synchronous Online Learning Experiences: The Perspectives of International Students from Taiwan


Educational Media International Volume 44, Number 4, ISSN 0952-3987


Online learning is growing in higher education contexts around the world, but very few research-based studies have addressed the cultural aspects of online teaching and learning. In this study, we focused on international students from Taiwan and examined their perspectives of taking a synchronous online course in the US. Specifically, we were interested in their adjustment from learning in a physical classroom to learning in a synchronous online environment, their opinions of synchronous online courses, their interactions in synchronous online courses, and what could be done to accommodate their needs in synchronous online courses. Results showed that although their learning behaviors did not change dramatically in the synchronous online course, the Taiwanese students prefer traditional face-to-face courses rather than synchronous online courses. The study also showed that the instructional design of the course interacts with cultural issues, and that the instructional design is more important than the technological aspects. Several recommendations to accommodate the needs of international students in synchronous courses were drawn from the findings. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)


Wang, C.M. & Reeves, T.C. (2007). Synchronous Online Learning Experiences: The Perspectives of International Students from Taiwan. Educational Media International, 44(4), 339-356. Retrieved October 19, 2019 from .

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