Teaching Asian Students Online: What Matters and Why?
Haidong Wang, Department of Adult Education, University of Georgia, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Distance education has been regarded as an industrial teaching model developed in the West, which emphasizes individual development, learner autonomy, active learning and mutual communications. When Asian students who are accustomed to teacher-led, passive and reticent way of learning study online courses in the West, they confront a series of disorientations and difficulties. This paper examines how Asian students learn online in the U.S. universities and what socio-cultural factors impact their learning process. Through a review of literature, the Eastern cultural values and the how they may impact Asian students learning styles, the characteristics of Asian students' online learning behaviors are discussed. Instructors who teach Asian students are highly recommended to consider the different cultural values and accommodate these students with a cultural sensitive learning environment.
Wang, H. (2005). Teaching Asian Students Online: What Matters and Why?. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 645-650). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).