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Preparing computing students for culturally diverse e‐mediated IT projects

Marc Conrad (University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Bedfordshire, UK)
Tim French (University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Bedfordshire, UK)
Carsten Maple (University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Bedfordshire, UK)
Sijing Zhang (University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Bedfordshire, UK)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Article publication date: 1 August 2006

Abstract

In this paper we present an account of an undergraduate team‐based assignment designed to facilitate, exhibit and record team‐working skills in an e‐mediated environment. By linking the student feedback received to Hofstede’s classic model of cultural dimensions we aim to show the assignment’s suitability in revealing the student’s multi‐cultural context. In addition to anecdotal evidence we also present a quantitative analysis that shows that the desired learning outcomes have been met. In a further discussion we show how the qualitative data collected can be used to quantitatively determine a cultural fingerprint of the groups that is useful to predict the team’s suitability for a given task in a real‐world project.

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Citation

Conrad, M., French, T., Maple, C. and Zhang, S. (2006), "Preparing computing students for culturally diverse e‐mediated IT projects", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 185-195. https://doi.org/10.1108/17415650680000063

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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