Designing Cross-Cultural Collaborative Online Learning Tool-Kit for SUNY Faculty
Albany, University at
This project will develop a cross-cultural collaboration toolkit for University at Albany and SUNY campus to help faculty understand the impact of multiculturalism in online learning. With the increased popularity of online courses, student cohorts have become more diverse, as some courses, fully online, started to attract students worldwide. Increasing the retention, enrollment, and achievement of students in online learning is of paramount strategic interest to colleges in the State University of New York, and online learning has emerged as a strategy for expanding access. However, researchers suggest that most online courses ignore the cultural and sub-cultural differences in learning behavior, and fail to address the diversity of their learners (Adeoye & Wentling, 2007; Mushtaha & Troyer, 2007), faculty and institutional policies lack attention to multiculturalism in online courses (Mercado, Hughes & Bruce, 2006). This proposal addresses the impact of cross-cultural collaboration in online learning in University at Albany.