Exploring Cultural Differences in Instructional Design With Dr. Andrea Edmundson

March 8, 2012 Sarah Danzl

Many people are unaware that there are cultural differences in the way people across the world teach, learn and disperse content and material. Thus, people everywhere are seemingly forced to learn based on Western ideologies. Naturally, when the way people are being taught and the way they need to learn do not coincide, effective learning cannot happen. Xyleme was lucky enough to get one of the world’s leading teachers on culturally appropriate instructional design involved in our latest podcast to answer common questions around cultural differences.

Dr. Andrea Edmundson, CEO of eWorld Learning, has focused her career on creating culturally appropriate content for learners across the globe. She states that it is more important now than ever, not only from a business but reputation perspective as well, to have content that is culturally aware and appropriate, and that there are severe effects of being inappropriate, including loss to your bottom line in some cases. Since beginning her career in this field 25 years ago, Dr. Edmundson has lived, worked, or traveled in more than 30 countries, learning and growing her understanding about different cultures and their learning needs. She has a PhD from Walden University in Educational Technology.

Her podcast addresses several common questions including:

  • What is culturally appropriate instructional design?
  • Ramifications of Structurally inappropriate instructional Design
  • Best Practices in Creating Culturally Appropriate Learning

Listen now to our latest podcast, “Exploring Cultural Differences in Instructional Design,” featuring Dr. Andrea Edmundson.

About the Author

Sarah Danzl

Sarah manages the public face of Xyleme, overseeing all PR and Customer Communication. She is a specialist in written communications, media relations and reputation management. One of her favorite aspects of her job at Xyleme is working with the customers on on joint initiatives, including award applications.

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