1. bookVolume 17 (2014): Issue 1 (July 2014)
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Intercultural Blended Design Considerations: A Case Study of a Nordic-Baltic Course in Autism Intervention

Published Online: 11 Dec 2014
Volume & Issue: Volume 17 (2014) - Issue 1 (July 2014)
Page range: 93 - 107
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
1027-5207
First Published
11 Dec 2014
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Specialized educational programs previously unavailable to many students are now accessible to students spread throughout the world. In particular, this globalization presents new opportunities and challenges for universities educating professionals in the field of autism treatment. The aim of the present case study is to analyse the experiences of students who participated in an intercultural graduate level blended learning course in applied behaviour analysis with an autism focus. Students were enrolled in universities in four Nordic-Baltic countries. Country based focus group interviews and surveys were used to explore student’s experiences and perceptions. Results indicate that access to expertise and interacting with other cultures were noted to positively affect learning experience. Risk for cultural divide due to discrepancies in technology, differing pedagogical traditions, and understanding of English were also reported. Implications regarding the potential risks and benefits inherent in intercultural blended learning courses are discussed and suggestions are offered for enhancing the success of such courses.

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