Culture and Computers: A Review of the Concept of Culture and Implications for Intercultural Collaborative Online Learning

  • Ravi Vatrapu
  • Dan Suthers
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4568)


Our research is aimed at a systematic investigation of phenomena in the nexus of culture, technology and learning. The basic premise of our research is that social affordances of technologies might vary along cultural dimensions. In this paper we present a brief overview of the concept of culture. We then discuss empirical findings demonstrating cultural effects on social behavior, communication and cognition and draw implications to online collaborative learning. In the last part of this paper, we present a selective review of research in cross-cultural human computer interaction.


Collaborative Learning Power Distance Uncertainty Avoidance Computer Support Cooperative Work Computer Support Collaborative Learning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ravi Vatrapu
    • 1
  • Dan Suthers
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Interactive Learning Technologies (LILT), Department of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa, POST Bldg 317, 1680 East-West RD, Honolulu, HI, 96822USA

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