Monday, 11 March 2013

C4: Digital literacies in today's glocal learning

Claire Spiret

Following a series of online courses we will present a series of fictional vignettes based on our experiences of offering informal online education around the world. This will characterize our participants, both trainees and trainers, highlighting the challenges that are faced when mixing cultures in online education. Online learning has diversified our audiences and therefore affects the approach that educators take to course design, but also the way in which online learners are expected to interact with each other. This is particularly true where participants work from around the world, in different time zones, where for many English is not their first language and they are learning alongside work, family and other commitments.

These are findings that we have incorporated into a series of informal international courses, to support the sharing of these differences and to incorporate them with the learning itself. In an increasingly international stage these cultural, language and national differences have to be incorporated into our online practices. The skills that we require for effective netiquette are not being taught in traditional settings as it is an expectation that we have of learners. How then are learners developing the skills to communicate with a larger audience than has ever been available?

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