Global Collaborative Learning Support System for the Better Understanding of Multiple Cultures
Tuesday, March 27 11:30-11:50 AM Location: Edison C
Abstract: One of the latest issues that higher education in Japan faces is the development of global human resources who will be successful internationally. However, the number of Japanese students going abroad to study has been decreasing in the last decade. One of the reasons is the restriction of time and space. To contribute to the issue, we set up a research project that aims to create a global collaborative learning support system. The system adopts computer supported collaborative learning that enables facilitators in multiple countries to cooperate on a synchronized lesson. The goal of the system is to make students improve their globalization abilities, and there are three ways in which it supports facilitators to achieve this goal: ‘Hofstede’s Six Dimensions Model,’ ‘The World Values Survey,’ and ‘Questionnaires of Learning Style.’ The former two ways are a framework of multiple-cultural understanding. The research determines and indexes cultural tendencies and national characteristics, so that each country is quantified and ranked. Nevertheless, if facilitators only give an attention to students’ cultural features, they might use it to do nothing more than to stereotype students. The system therefore also introduced another method by which facilitators can see students’ individual learning styles. That is web questionnaires based on the Felder-Silverman model. These tools are expected to be helpful for the understanding of students culturally and individually.