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Changing Trends in Culture and Learning: Its Impact on Cognition

, Athabasca University, Canada & Massey University, New Zealand ; , University of North Carolina Wilmington, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper explores the impact of emerging technology on cultural and social aspects of human cognition. Authors argue that internalized cultural values could influence technology appropriation and could explain differences in cognition and human behavior. Authors propose the question whether the advancement of technology has enabled learners learn faster and more effectively by having opportunities to connect ideas to other ideas and grounding them more richly (Siemens, 2006). The authors analyze learning with rich media (images, audio clips, video clips, and specific self-directed learning objects) and explore whether such multisensory learning engagement is deeper and is founded on learners' differing cultural approaches to learning considering real cases. Linguistic, social, geographical factors as well as deep cultural values and traditions are examined to make the argument that designing interactive, multicultural and multidimensional learning environments pose new challenges to educators, educational technologists and researchers.


Bhattacharya, M. & Moallem, M. (2009). Changing Trends in Culture and Learning: Its Impact on Cognition. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1288-1289). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 9, 2022 from .



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