Higher Education scenario from a cross-cultural perspective: eLearning implications

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Serradell-López, Casado-Lumbreras. (2011) International Journal of Distance Education Technologies IJDET.   Abstract Higher education institutions are crucial in the world today. Universities play a role that varies with time and evolves with society. Globalization is changing the world and is also affecting higher education institutions in all their intrinsic characteristics: personnel, programs, infrastructures and students. This paper analyzes relevant research on cultural dimensions and applies it to higher education institutions focusing the analysis of the impact on eLearning setups. To do so, variables related to organizational strategy, design of curricula and teaching tools are proposed and analyzed from a set of cultural dimensions. Results show that higher education institutions are facing big challenges in their adaptation to multi-cultural arrangements.
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