Building Community in Online Programs for Learners from High and Low Context Cultures
Monday, March 6 4:15 PM-5:15 PM Location: Creekside I
Presider: Elaine Reeder, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States
Abstract: This exploratory research examined the perceptions of connectedness of graduate students enrolled in a cohort-based online program in educational technology. Specifically, the research examined how connected the graduate students from low context and high context cultures felt to their peers, the professors, and the program in general. To determine the level of connectedness, participants were surveyed on their perceptions of connectedness and what elements of the program and course design led to their connectedness. The data were used to compare how the perceptions of connectedness between students who identified as low context culture differed or were similar to students who identified as high context culture. The preliminary findings indicate that the majority of participants self identified as low-context. None of our participants identified as high context. Participants in the study felt both connected and disconnected; while the majority of the participants felt connected.