Exploring Conceptions of Educational Technology between France and Texas
Karen L. Murphy, Lauren Cifuentes, Texas A&M University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Seattle, WA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-35-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This study investigated a virtual partnership between educational technology graduate students in France and Texas. The partnership was designed initially for the students to communicate their conceptions of educational technology primarily via a Web message board. We used qualitative research methods to identify the Texas students' descriptions of their participation in and reactions to the partnership and their ideas about educational technology in the U.S. The investigation tested an existing model of six design considerations for computer conferencing (grading system, grouping, collaboration, relevance, learner control, and technological preparation) and four design considerations for cross-cultural participation via communication technologies (communication and interaction, language, content, and representation form). We discovered that unless each design consideration is addressed, cross-cultural partnership via telecommunications may be unsuccessful.
Murphy, K.L. & Cifuentes, L. (1999). Exploring Conceptions of Educational Technology between France and Texas. In B. Collis & R. Oliver (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 1999--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 616-621). Seattle, WA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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