Cross Cultural Action Research for Online Graduate Students
Abstract: Technology and Community in Nicaragua: Colorado Technical University worked in partnership with a nonprofit group to provide assessment, strategy assistance and intervention design for their ongoing computer donation program which provided 300+ computers to schools, libraries, health centers, and prisons in Nicaragua. The participants traveled to Nicaragua for one week to observe, study and collect data. An online course was designed, implemented and extended the “live classroom” atmosphere in the country. The online part of the blended course provided discussion forums, readings, materials, and applications, pertaining to the implications of cross cultural research and the practice of assessment observations, interviews and data collection techniques. New online interview techniques and Facebook were used for contacting participants and sharing experiences during and after the week of data gathering. The faculty member found that there was also a need for a “lessons learned” approach for future trips. This “lesson learned” approach is entitled “My New Job Description”.