Learner analysis framework for globalized e-learning: A case study

  • Mamta Saxena Instructional Designer at SNHU
Keywords: e-learning, learner analysis, cultural analysis, globalized e-learning, learner analysis frameworks, instructional design


The shift to technology-mediated modes of instructional delivery and increased global connectivity has led to the rise in globalized e-learning programs. Educational institutions face multiple challenges as they seek to design effective, engaging, and culturally competent instruction for an increasingly diverse learner population. The purpose of this study was to explore strategies for expanding learner analysis within the instructional design process to better address cultural influences on learning. A case study approach leveraged the experience of practicing instructional designers to build a framework for culturally competent learner analysis.


The study discussed the related challenges and recommended strategies to improve the effectiveness of cross-cultural learner analysis. Based on the findings, a framework for conducting cross-cultural learner analysis to guide the cultural analysis of diverse learners was proposed. The study identified the most critical factors in improving cross-cultural learner analysis as the judicious use of existing research on cross-cultural theories and joint deliberation on the part of all the participants from the management to the learners. Several strategies for guiding and improving the cultural inquiry process were summarized. Barriers and solutions for the requirements are also discussed.

Author Biography

Mamta Saxena, Instructional Designer at SNHU
Instructional Designer College of Online and Continuing Education Southern New Hampshire University
How to Cite
Saxena, M. (2011). Learner analysis framework for globalized e-learning: A case study. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 12(5), 93-107. https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v12i5.954
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