Advance HE’s vision is to be globally recognised for inspiring teaching excellence as an essential driver of student success. In order to ensure that students across the globe receive world class education, it wanted to expand its work including the training offering in South East Asia.
To do this successfully, and to maximise learning in each region, Advance HE needed technology that would accommodate different country’s social and educational culture. Techniques that work well in the UK, for example, would not necessarily translate well in Asian regions.
When attempting to expand into China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, and Thailand, Advance HE was faced with unique challenges associated with levels of connectivity and cultural difference in their adoption and usage of the internet. Learners make heavy use of social media, and although individuals in China and Thailand do sometimes use email to communicate, in Myanmar this is much less common.
Advance HE needed technology that would enable its staff to engage with the HE practitioners through a variety of different means. It needed a programme that was flexible enough to be altered for each community, but still had the structure needed to have a cohesive online learning experience.