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Learning in Cross-Cultural Online MBA Courses: Perceptions of Chinese Students

Learning in Cross-Cultural Online MBA Courses: Perceptions of Chinese Students
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Author(s): Xiaojing Liu (Indiana University Bloomington, USA) and Richard J. Magjuka (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 22
Source title: Cases on Cultural Implications and Considerations in Online Learning
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Andrea Edmundson (eWorld Learning, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1885-5.ch015

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Abstract

The rapid improvement in online communication technologies and the globalization of the economy have made offering transnational courses in online learning programs a popular trend. This chapter reports the findings of a case study that investigated the perceptions of international students regarding cultural challenges in their learning experiences during an online MBA program. The study revealed that international students faced cultural barriers, including time management, transition to different instruction styles, time zone differences, case-based learning, and academic integrity, which affected their engagement in online MBA courses. Recommendations are made at the end of the chapter on how to improve the quality of the international students’ learning experiences in cross-cultural learning environments.

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