Supporting Multiculturalism in Open and Distance Learning Spaces

  • 9h 32m
  • Elif Toprak, Evrim Genc Kumtepe (eds)
  • IGI Global
  • 2018

The growing interest in transnational cooperation in education across borders has different implications for developed and developing countries. It is true that globalization affects all societies, but not at the same speed and magnitude.

Supporting Multiculturalism in Open and Distance Learning Spaces is a critical scholarly resource that examines cultural issues and challenges in distance education arising from the convergence of theoretical, administrative, instructional, communicational, and technological dimensions of global education. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics such as cultural diversity, interaction in distance education, and culturally sensitive intuitional design, this book is geared towards school administrators, universities and colleges, policy makers, organizations, and researchers.

About the Editors

Elif Toprak is an associate professor at the Open Education Faculty at Anadolu University, Turkey. Dr. Toprak has BSc, MSc, PhD degrees in the discipline of International Relations. She is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Bilkent University and Uludag University respectively. Since 2005 she has joined the Department of Distance Education and contributed to international and national ODL research projects and international activities of the institution. She acted as Vice Dean between 2008-2011. Dr. Toprak serves at the Quality Assurance Office for the Open Education System. She has scholarly publications on internationalization of distance education, ethics in e-Learning and cultural diversity. Her research interests are international regimes, communication theories, transnational higher education and quality issues.

Evrim Genç Kumtepe is an associate professor in the Open Education Faculty at Anadolu University, Turkey. Dr. Genç Kumtepe holds a BSc. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Ankara University in the field of Aquaculture and received her masters and doctorate degrees in the Program of Science Education at Florida State University (FSU), USA. She has also a minor degree from the Program of Measurement and Statistics at FSU. Her primary research interests focus on science and technology in education, distance science education, and interaction and communication issues in science. She is the head of Lifelong Learning Department and serves as a coordinator for the Distance Education R&D Center of Anadolu University. Dr. Genç Kumtepe has published many research papers in journals, edited book chapters, book chapters and conference proceedings. She has been involved in a number of local and international research projects over the years.

In this Book

  • Creating an Effective Faculty Senate Leadership Team: A Gendered Perspective
  • Cultural Diversity and Accreditation: A Shared Understanding of Quality
  • Cultural Lessons Learned During the Development and Implementation of an International Distance Learning Program
  • Cultural Diversity and Its Implications in Online Networked Learning Spaces
  • Culture, Technology, and Education in the Digital Age: A Conceptual Framework
  • Towards a Transcultural Approach in Online Learning
  • Evaluating Trends and Issues in Distance Learning
  • Culture and Motivation in Globalized Open and Distance Learning Spaces
  • Culture in Online Learning: Essentialist and Post-Essentialist Frameworks
  • Learning, Culture, and Social Media
  • Designing Culturally Sensitive Massive Open Online Courses: Learning Culture and MOOCs in Turkey
  • Interaction in Distance Education: A Cultural Critique of Instructional Dialogue
  • Educational Computer Games in Math Teaching: A Learning Culture
  • A Futurist Approach for Open and Distance 21st Century Learners
  • Culturally Sensitive Instructional Design Principles for Online Learning Environments