This is a guest post by Lindsay Johnson.
With the rapid advancement in technologies, many educational institutions worldwide have been offering online courses for students living miles apart. However, after the world recently got stuck in a global pandemic and movement was utterly restricted, almost everything shifted to the virtual world, and online schools became the new normal. People lost excess to physical training and classes, making the internet their last resort to learn something new. However, a lot of people were left behind because of their cultural associations.
This has helped us shed light on the critical challenges faced online because of cultural differences among people.
1. Limited Availability of Localized Content
The content on the internet is usually available in the English Language. This is a result of the limited localization of content. Localization is translating content into various languages and making it accessible for people from different cultural backgrounds. This has made it difficult for people belonging to less recognized cultures and speakers of less common languages to get easy access to their desired language.
This is a challenge that can only be overcome through rapid localization of content so that students from all over the world can make the most of e-learning.
2. Language Barriers with Teachers
Many universities offering great courses online provide them in a limited number of languages where their professors cannot communicate in other languages. This provides another hurdle for students who speak a completely different language than that of their teacher. They cannot cope with their regular classes and miss out on quality courses and essential information.
The only ways to deal with this challenge are offering language courses to the children and increasing teachers’ number. The universities should try and include teachers from all different cultural backgrounds to be inclusive for all.
3. Limited Availability of Point of Views
As mentioned before, there are limited authors available online. These authors belong to specific cultures, and their writing styles and content often represent that. Due to this, there are limited perspectives available on the internet, which can often be offensive to specific cultural values. Many people can also have a completely different point of view than that being presented to them. It is also possible that people misinterpret the content presented to them. This results in creating a barrier between cultures and limits the transmission of useful information and knowledge.
The easiest way to battle this challenge is by ensuring translations of content to many different languages and encouraging writers to take care of various points of view and write culture-neutral content.
4. Dominance of Certain Cultures
Racism is a prevalent issue in the current world. There are certain people, classes, and cultures that dominate others. For example, in many parts of the world, white people and their culture are preferred over black people. This supremacy of certain cultures is also a significant challenge in online learning. When students opt for international courses, they are often taught the material that dominates a particular culture or class. This is not only offensive but also makes people from different backgrounds feel outcast in such controlled courses.
Publishing neutral content online and making space for all different cultures and classes without discrimination can prove worthwhile in overcoming this challenge.
5. Restricted Investments
People prefer to put their money into things that are bound to bring more benefits around the world. The restricted investments have also caused problems in e-learning. People with cash only invest their money to publish and create content directed towards a specific audience. They do not promote less popular cultures and languages. Due to a lack of investments, content creators and writers fail to produce friendly content for all cultures and languages. As a result, students belonging to these sectors are left behind and neglected.
Encouraging wealthy people to invest in students’ online learning with neglected cultural backgrounds is the way out to this problem. Create awareness of the advantages their investments can bring so that they do not hesitate to take the step.
Students from every corner of the world equally possess the right to acquire education through physical classes or online schooling. People responsible for the betterment IT sector should make sure that they overcome all the hurdles and make knowledge accessible for everyone irrespective of their languages and the cultures they represent.
As a n enthusiastic writer, Lindsay is passionate about writing for real life education issues and how we can sort them out, as education is the essential part of our life. With the power of her pen, she likes to educate people and acknowledge them with newest trends and tips for better education.