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Cultural translation in massive open online courses (MOOCs)

Posted on 30 Apr 2014 with 0 comments
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This paper discusses how courses are made relevant to students in their respective cultural settings. Practices that enable such contextualisation, or cultural translation, are investigated in five Coursera Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The author collected data from lecture videos, quizzes, assignments, course projects and discussion forums, using a cultural translation observation protocol developed for this study.  The course design that enabled cultural translation included activities, tasks, assignments and/or projects that are applicable to students’ own settings and gave students freedom to choose the setting of their projects and people with whom they worked.


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