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How Cultural Difference Affects on Online Course Design; U.S. and China Compared

Ron Legon (The Quality Matters Program, USA)
Yaping Gao (Broward College, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 1:45pm
Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Discovery Session 1

Quality Matters' new relationship with Fudan University provides a unique opportunity to compare how cultural values and traditional pedagogy affect online course design and effectiveness.

Extended Abstract

Quality Matters and a leading Chinese institution, Fudan University, have signed an agreement to collaborate on the creation of an online course design rubric, based on the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, but adapted to the Chinese cultural and pedagogical heritage. The presentation will describe the rubric development process, which will include testing Fudan courses using the current and adapted versions of the QM Rubric. The results will highlight both similarities and differences uncovered in the process. The preliminary results of this case have implications for exporting US online pedagogy into other well-established cultures. Audience comments on the challenges of other cultures with which they are familiar will be welcome.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Ron Legon is Executive Director of the Quality Matters Program and Provost Emeritus of the University of Baltimore. He has led QM since 2006. His work has focused on expanding QM's course design standards to include K-12, publisher courses, continuing and professional education, and competency-based learning.