Cultural competence and instructional design: Exploration research into the delivery of online instruction cross-culturally

  • P. Clint RogersEmail author
  • Charles R. Graham
  • Clifford T. Mayes
International Review


The amount of resources being poured by Western universities, companies, and governments into creating educational content to be exported (via the Internet) to other cultures is astounding. Those assigned to accomplish this task are left with the great challenge of meeting the needs of learners who come from cultures that are foreign to them, and who often have very different abilities and expectations than originally assumed. This study explores the cultural competence in the lived experience of 12 professionals who have been involved with such efforts. Often they have had to question their assumptions, recognizing flaws in their own thinking and in the organizations that support them, and tried to alter their practice accordingly. Their awareness of cultural differences and the importance and impact of these differences in their practice will be discussed.


Culture Cultural competence Instructional design Instructional design practice Online instruction Global International 



We would like to thank each of the participants, for their willingness to share.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Clint Rogers
    • 1
    Email author
  • Charles R. Graham
    • 2
  • Clifford T. Mayes
    • 3
  1. 1.Rollins Center for eBusinessBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Instructional Psychology and TechnologyBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Educational Leadership and FoundationsBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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