Questions of Culture in Distance Learning: A Research Review


  • Sedef Uzuner SUNY Albany



Asynchronous learning networks, culture, online learning, distance learning


This paper reviews past research that focused on questions of culture in distance learning. Of specific interest are the studies that examined the influence of culture on students’ learning and engagement in asynchronous learning networks (ALNs). The purpose of this review is three-fold: to present the state of knowledge concerning the questions of culture in distance learning, to highlight important methodological issues that past research has left unresolved, and to provide practical insights into teaching culturally and linguistically diverse online communities of learners. For these purposes, 27 studies are examined and the findings are reported under the following categories: What do studies focusing on questions of culture in distance learning tell us? What implications do they suggest for practice and future research? Also, the paper provides methodological insights for researchers who wish to investigate the cultural dimensions of distance learning in future studies.

Author Biography

Sedef Uzuner, SUNY Albany

Sedef Uzuner is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction program at SUNY Albany. Her research interests include sociocultural facets of online/blended learning and sociolinguistic analysis of discourse.



How to Cite

Uzuner, S. (2009). Questions of Culture in Distance Learning: A Research Review. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 10(3).



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