A Cross-Cultural Group Activity Using Google Hangouts:Perceived Ease of Use and Usefulness

ID: 41482 Type: Brief Paper: Other
  1. Michiko Kobayashi, Southern Utah University, United States

Thursday, June 26 11:55 AM-12:15 PM

Presider:
Doug Reid, Grant MacEwan University, Canada

The present study investigates perceived ease of use and usefulness of Google Hangouts. About 30 teacher education students at the U.S and Japanese universities participated in an online cross-cultural activity using Google Hangouts and discussed cultural differences between the two countries and their teaching philosophies. After the activity, students responded to a survey. Despite some technical problems during the videoconference, the activity provided meaningful learning experiences to students in both countries. The purpose of the presentation is to share the results of the study and identify pros and cons of using Google Hangouts based on the findings.

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