Date of Award

8-1-2021

Publication Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

K. Quinsey

Second Advisor

C. Smith

Third Advisor

Z. Zhang

Keywords

Chinese international students, online education, asynchronous classes, synchronous classes

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Abstract

With the importance of English language proficiency in the job market in China and globally, an increasing number of Chinese students seek advanced education in English-speaking countries, and many students choose Canadian higher education institutions because of their high-quality education programs. Beginning in 2020, because of the COVID-19 health crisis, many higher education institutions temporarily moved their courses online, which caused different types of challenges for teachers and students. This study focuses on the experience of Chinese international students in online education at a Canadian University, examining their challenges and strategies related to their learning experience. Data were collected by interviewing six Chinese international students from three disciplines at a university in southwestern Ontario, who were taking online courses from Canada or China. Findings indicate that participants encountered various challenges related to language, cultural, and technical aspects. Based on the study’s findings, it is recommended that instructors of online courses that involve Chinese international students need to make more efforts to provide more culturally inclusive instruction.

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