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The potential of a mobile group blog to support cultural learning among overseas students

Shao, Yinjuan; Crook, Charles

Authors

Yinjuan Shao

Charles Crook



Abstract

We explored the use of mobile social software, in the form of a mobile group blog, to assist cultural learning. The potential of using this technology for cultural adaptation among overseas students was examined as those students adapted to the everyday life of studying abroad. Two pilot studies and a successful field study of a mobile group blog as used by UK overseas students are reported. A further study with prospective overseas students witnessing this ‘moblogging’ in China revealed the advantages of communicating through this technology as a form of peer-supported preparation for cultural adaptation. Potential advantages for learning a second language via this system, were highlighted as communication was interweaved with cultural adaptation and exercised in the blog entries. Given mobile internet, the language experience together with cultural observation impressively supported these students' growing confidence with time, space and imagination.

Citation

Shao, Y., & Crook, C. (2015). The potential of a mobile group blog to support cultural learning among overseas students. Journal of Studies in International Education, 19(5), doi:10.1177/1028315315574101

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 24, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 17, 2015
Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 7, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 7, 2016
Journal Journal of Studies in International Education
Print ISSN 1028-3153
Electronic ISSN 1552-7808
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 5
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1028315315574101
Keywords mobile group blog, remote context, overseas students, cultural and language learning
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32690
Publisher URL http://jsi.sagepub.com/content/19/5/399
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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