As economic, political, and cultural systems continue to integrate across the globe, academia and businesses are both in search cost-effective solutions to improve upon their global learning/training needs. Two main challenges must be addressed: the physical and cultural distance between learners. Too often, instructional designers adopt a “one-size-fits-all-mentality” and fail to address these challenges.
Specifically, I am interested in testing various learning methodologies and tools to discover which produce the most effective results among these intercultural audiences. For example, U.S. grad students traditionally embrace the socratic seminar approach, while my Asian-educated counterparts stereotypically are more used to rote memorization and reproduction of information.) My research will focus more on delivery of content than on the localization of content in order improve the learning of a geographically disparate audience. In other words, I want to identify the best method (or mix of methods) that yields the greatest learning from the entire group.