Cross-Cultural Collaborative Online Learning: If You Build it, Will They Come?
This study, based on cultural and social constructivist learning theories, investigated the effects of implementation of the Cross-cultural Online Collaborative Learning (COCL) Model to guide educators in designing effective cross-cultural online collaborative learning environments and experiences. Twenty-eight Chinese and 37 U.S. students participated in online discussions involving cultural and instructional topics. An attitude survey was administered to assess students' overall attitudes, feelings, and opinions about their cross-cultural collaborative online learning experiences. The study results support the overall conclusion that if we "build it" students will "come" together.
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