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Providing University Students with Virtual International Learning Experience – A Case Study from Jordan

Wissam Tawileh
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Wissam Tawileh: Dresden University of Technology, Germany

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Abstract: International experience is important to prepare university students for the modern labour market in the globalised knowledge economy. While financial, societal, and political obstacles may limit students’ mobility in developing countries, using Web 2.0 and Social Media applications can integrate them in a virtual social learning environment to interact with peers and instructors abroad in an enjoyable inclusive international Virtual Collaborative Learning experience. This study investigates the factors influence Jordanian students’ perception of this experience and its enhancement potentials to fit the needs of developing countries. Thirty contextual, design, and individual factors were linked by seven course participants from Jordan to their reported high motivation, enjoyment, and satisfaction in this, for them, new learning scenario. Recommended improvements in the design and implementation of similar arrangements are also concluded from the qualitative evaluation of this empirical case study.

Keywords: Virtual Collaborative Learning; Internationalization; Web 2.0; Developing Countries; Jordan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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