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Teaching E-Commerce to I-Students in an A-Classroom

Teaching E-Commerce to I-Students in an A-Classroom
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Author(s): Anthony Stiller (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch038

Abstract

International students come to Australian universities for many reasons including the international recognition of course content, internationally recognised qualifications, academic quality, classroom facilities and the cultural experience. The challenge in delivering a unit in electronic commerce to international students is to ensure the course content meets the educational requirements, has relevancy for each of the visiting students and through open and free exchange of political, social, economic and cultural views, provides the opportunity for students to learn from each other within the global context. Teaching electronic commerce to international students in an Australian classroom where students are drawn from seventeen different nationalities requires a different, more innovative approach from the traditional teaching methodology. The approach introduced for this unit provides them with the opportunity to research topics from their national perspective, engage in cross-cultural dialogue, work in mixed nationality teams, present their findings within the classroom and become aware of the broader global issues of doing business-to-business and business-to-consumer commerce. Of particular importance is the high proportion of international students coming from the ASEAN countries, India, China, Asia and Pacific regions where trade using electronic commerce technologies is becoming a major feature within their boarders, and where people from their homeland will be looking to them for leadership and guidance on their return .

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