Multi-media global human factors distance education

Andris Freivalds, Myung Hwan Yun

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In the fall semester of 2009, we had the unique opportunity to develop and teach a human factors course presented to students simultaneously at Penn State University (PSU) in the USA and Seoul National University (SNU) in South Korea. This was partially in response to both department strategic plans for a greater focus on global engineering and to increasing numbers of graduating students working for multinational companies. This paper presents some of the logistical and multicultural issues that arose with the first offering of the course and some insights for those universities and faculty members who may be attempting to prepare similar courses in the future. Pre- and post-course surveys showed that intercultural awareness levels increased over the duration of the course, especially for PSU students. Intercultural anxiety was relatively high for both groups of students at the start of course, but decreased over the duration of the course, for SNU students. In terms of on-line communication channels, e-mail and Skype were preferred over Wiggio. In the future, we will also rely more on Skype. Also, the course at PSU was first tested for graduate students. To increase international collaboration, especially for native-born American students, the course was later opened to undergraduate students. The course is now offered for the third time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, HFES 2012
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, HFES 2012 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2012Oct 26 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISSN (Print)1071-1813


OtherProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, HFES 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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