Globalization, Culture, and Online Learning: An Exploration of the Sociocultural Perspectives of Indian Students Participating in U.S.-Based Online Courses
Author(s)Shiokawa, Mitsue S.
KeywordsCultures of learning
Indian international students
Innovation in higher education
Leadership in higher education
Higher Education Administration
Online and Distance Education
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AbstractThis study correlates the impacts of globalization on higher education and the generation of online learning programs offered to global audiences. Concomitantly, it examines the sociocultural experiences of international students participating in United States based online courses. Of specific interest is the socialized culture of learning students from India bring with them into an online learning course, and how that socialized culture is negotiated through strategies of acculturation alongside the student’s perceived American culture of learning. The overarching focus of the study explores the advent of cybercultures within online learning course environments as a potential result of the intermingling of variant cultures of learning.