Afrikaners and Arabs: Negotiating Course Delivery in a Blended Learning Context

  • Johannes C. Cronjé


This chapter tells what was learnt when three instructors from the University of Pretoria were involved in the design, development and presentation of eighteen months of coursework for a Master’s degree programme in ICT for Education at the Sudan University of Science and Technology in Khartoum; and adapted a programme presented in one country to deal with the challenges of teaching at an institution thousands of kilometres away, where technological infrastructure, time, policy, language, religion and even the weather played an often disruptive role. Examples are shared to demonstrate how the instructors and students negotiated shared understanding of issues of teaching and learning, as well as the nature of learning tasks and assessment criteria in cross-cultural situations.


Instructional Design Distance Education Uncertainty Avoidance Primary Concept High Power Distance 
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