Title: Trigger visuals for cross-cultural online learning

Authors: Lauren Cifuentes, Stanislaw Dylak

Addresses: Department of Education Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4225, USA. ' Department of Research on Teacher and Teacher Education, Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy, Poznan, Poland

Abstract: In this paper, we describe an instructional strategy for stimulating discussion in courses: online intercultural exchange of student-generated trigger visuals on issues in a field. We provide a rationale and describe examples of trigger visuals that have been used in classrooms to stimulate interaction among students. Two examples of telecollaborative classrooms illustrate how to integrate telecollaborative strategies into courses. Analytical techniques for learning systematically from others| trigger visuals are enumerated. We suggest that students discuss their perspectives regarding the meaning of trigger visuals online and grapple with ideas together for deep learning.

Keywords: online learning; cross-cultural learning; trigger visuals; online collaboration; online interaction; online multimedia; e-learning; intercultural exchange; telecollaboration; deep learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2007.013659

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2007 Vol.17 No.2/3, pp.121 - 137

Published online: 10 May 2007 *

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