International students’ perceptions of online learning: benefits and challenges.
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Kobayashi, M. (2012). International students’ perceptions of online learning: benefits and challenges. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 535-538). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Transition to American universities is challenging for international students and many feel homesick and experience emotional stresses. Students with less confidence in their English speaking skills tend not to participate in class discussion and have feelings of isolation. Especially, in online learning environments, students are often confused and misunderstand instructions, due to cultural differences. The present study investigates international students’ perceptions about online courses at an undergraduate level, and examines their online learning experiences, including benefits and challenges. Data are collected through a survey and one-on-one semi-structured interviews. The author will present the results of the study and provide suggestions for how faculty can best accommodate international students in online learning environments.
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