Title: Extracting Agent-based Models for Considering Cultural Factors using Multilingual Case Method System

Year of Publication: Nov - 2014
Page Numbers: 105-112
Authors: Kenji Terui, Reiko Hishiyama
Conference Name: The International Conference on Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Education Technologies (CSCEET2014)
- Malaysia


Globalization has resulted in the need for businesspeople to have a global perspective. Various organizations are actively promoting the development of educational institutions to create diverse classrooms as an effective environment for the helping students to become global businesspeople. Recently, online educational environment has gained significant attention in the information technology development. Educational institutions all over the world have gained increasing research interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and these courses are described as an effective solution for problems associated with student diversity. In this study, we extract agent models based on cultural characteristics to construct an environment that simulates the student diversity. We conducted participatory case study experiments and achieved state transition diagrams that are related to the characteristics of each nationality. Finally, we analyzed their differences and similarities. By comparing the experimental results of culturally different participants, we found that we could extract differences of protocol patterns among the participant groups: American, South Korean, and Japanese. We determined the possibility of creating cultural related player agents by the application of cul- tural differences that we identified as important for the protocol description required for constructing agent-based models.