Collaborating and Communicating Online: A Cross-Bordered Intercultural Project between Taiwan and the U.S.

Loretta Ya-Wen Teng (1)
(1) Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Taiwan, Province of China


This study explored the collaborative process of an online cross-cultural communication project between Taiwan and the U.S. The behaviors of the cross-cultural teams were analyzed and compared. The results indicated that the U.S. participants enjoyed interacting with their group members more, had developed a better sense of community, and were more comfortable with online communication. However, more of the U.S. participants lurked online. It was recommended that a modified web-based cultural and language exchange project be coordinated to accommodate the Taiwanese participants’ desire in learning English. Besides, cross-bordered teams should be informed of the proper online collaborative and communication skills.

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Loretta Ya-Wen Teng, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

With a background in counseling and curriculum planning, Loretta Ya-Wen Teng is an Assistant Professor at Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Some of her research interests are interdisciplinary curriculum design, cross-cultural communication, online education, and human behavioral studies.

Teng, L. Y.-W. (2007). Collaborating and Communicating Online: A Cross-Bordered Intercultural Project between Taiwan and the U.S. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 7(1), 1–15.

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