How Cultural Differences Affect Students’ Learning Strategies

Event Type: Workshop

Event Theme: Evidence-based Practice

Speaker: Prof. Bart Rienties (Professor of Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK)

Date: 6 June 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: RLB502, Research Complex, HKSYU

Language: English



1) Refreshment will be provided. 
2) Free Admission.
3) Registration is not compulsory but recommended for seat-reservation and news update.


Across the globe people are interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds. In the last 10 years, one of my main “side research” interests is how people from different countries and cultures work together effectively (Jindal-Snape & Rienties, 2016; Mittelmeier, Heliot, Rienties, & Whitelock, 2015; Rienties, Beausaert, Grohnert, Niemantsverdriet, & Kommers, 2012; Rienties, Luchoomun, & Tempelaar, 2014; Rienties & Tempelaar, 2013; Tempelaar, Rienties, Giesbers, & van der Loeff, 2013). An emerging body of work shows that how institutions arrange the international classroom environment can substantially influence how people from different cultures can effective learn and work together. In this workshop I will discuss with participants several examples of what the effective and ineffective strategies might be in cross-cultural learning, and how one can improve one’s own cross-cultural approach.


About the Presenter

Dr. Bart Rienties is Professor of Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK. He is programme director Learning Analytics within IET and head of Data Wranglers, whereby he leads of group of learning analytics academics who conduct evidence-based research and sense making of Big Data at the OU. As educational psychologist, he conducts multi-disciplinary research on work-based and collaborative learning environments and focuses on the role of social interaction in learning, which is published in leading academic journals and books. His primary research interests are focussed on Learning Analytics, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and the role of motivation in learning. Furthermore, Bart is interested in broader internationalisation aspects of higher education. He has successfully led a range of institutional/national/European projects and received a range of awards for his educational innovation projects. More info at

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