Research into Intercultural Professional Development for E-learning
The eChina Phase 2 project
on intercultural professional development for e-learning involves three UK
Universities: Lancaster University, the lead University, with consultancy
expertise from the University of Sheffield and the Open University, and four
Chinese universities in a Sino-UK collaboration.
In the UK, the project is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for
England (HEFCE), and is one of several current projects in this programme.
Those involved in the project include:
Lancaster University, Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology,
Department of Educational Research.
Beijing Normal University School
of Educational Technology (lead partner in China)
- Prof. & Dr. Ronghuai Huang
- Mr Liu Bangxiang, Beijing Normal
University , Project Manager
- Professor Geng Chen, College
of Distance Learning and Continuing Education, Beijing Jiaotong University
- Professor Jianping Zhang, Education
College, Zhejiang Normal University
- Professor Kedong Li, College of Educational
Information Technology, South China Normal University
- Dr Yueliang Zhou, Education College,
Zhejiang Normal University
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AIMS
The project has three main aims:
- The collaborative production of an intercultural, professional development
e-learning and teaching course , to be run online and offered to higher
education staff in the UK and China. This will involve the examination of
intercultural (Sino-UK) conceptions of e-learning
- The collaborative (UK-China) development of a new tool for supporting
formative assessment and knowledge extraction in online group learning settings.
- The development of a framework/model for planning and running intercultural
professional development in e-learning.
PROJECT OUTCOMES AND DELIVERABLES
- Collaborative Sino-UK development of an intercultural, professional development
course in e-learning and teaching.
- A report on the evaluation of the e-learning course aimed at informing
both UK and Chinese higher education personnel, drawing out policy and practice
- An evaluation of the tool for supporting collaborative e-learning, with
particular attention given to the potential use of the tool in the UK higher
- A framework/model for planning and running intercultural professional
development in the Chinese and UK higher education e-learning contexts.
- A series of workshops in China and the UK aimed at disseminating policy,
practice and research findings to the higher education communities.
- A series of dissemination papers on the various outcomes of our collaborative
work to be presented at international conferences, published in journals
- A report on intercultural conceptions of e-learning and teaching.
More details may be obtained from David
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