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The Cultural Navigator is a unique web platform that has been designed to provide
a robust learning experience that can be customized based on organizational and/or
individual needs. The Cultural Navigator delivers an engaging and powerful learning
experience through an innovative platform that leverages the diversity of stakeholders,
partners and employees for maximum performance.
Which learning topics are available on the Cultural Navigator?
A wealth of relevant business information is available, organized around specific
topics to support improved work performance and increased confidence when working
across cultures. Topics include:
The Cultural Navigator provides you with comprehensive cultural and business information
designed to increase your competitive advantage in today's global business environment.
Using this learning platform, you can:
Interests are those topics that are most connected to what the you are hoping to
learn on the Cultural Navigator. Interests also can be tied to those challenges
that you most often experience in their work environment. The interests offered
on the Cultural Navigator connect back to the content and features offered online
and help to provide a more targeted experience for each user. Based on the interests
that you select, you will be able to access recommended Learning Paths, articles,
podcasts, and other activities.
As a Cultural Navigator user, you can access to our subject matter experts around
the world. To follow an expert, go to your Network area and select Follow an Expert
from the menu on the left. Review the options available to you on the Cultural Navigator
and select to follow an expert that shares a common interest. We offer experts on
topics such as Cultural Competence, Teams and Inclusion or you can choose to follow
our Cultural Navigator expert to receive tips for utilizing the learning platform
within your organization.
Learning Paths comprise eLearning modules, articles, podcasts and other learning
material in a linear series of steps. Through the Learning Paths, you are able to:
preview activities review the estimated completion time for each one. The Cultural
Navigator has implemented progress tracking, so you may resume a Learning Path from
the last completed activity. You also can receive assignments from your organization
for Learning Paths connected to upcoming programs or organizational initiatives.
Learning Paths that have been assigned to you or that are in progress can be accessed
from your Cultural Navigator home page. You also can access a list of your current
and completed Learning Paths.
The new Cultural Orientations Model includes the three dimensions of Interaction
Style, Thinking Style and Sense of Self. Interaction style includes those orientations
that impact how people tend to communicate and engage with others in work situations.
The Thinking Style dimension includes those orientations that impact how people
tend to process information in work situations. The Sense of Self dimension includes
those orientations that impact how people tend to view identity and motivation in
The COI includes a total amount of 83 questions.
Currently, the COI Assessment is available in a total of 11 languages: Chinese,
French, German, English, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian),
and Spanish (Castilian and Latino).
The COI Assessment is taken through a series of linear step (also known as a Learning
Path). You are able to take the assessment for each dimension separately, giving
you instant access to your results for each dimension. However, the full benefit
of the COI is realized when the entire assessment has been completed.
Yes, The Phase III version of the online Cultural Orientations Indicator® meets
the validity and reliability requirements established by the Joint Committee on
the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing of the American Psychological
Association for an instrument of its kind. It accurately measures individual cultural
preferences as delineated within TMC's Cultural Orientations Model and, when debriefed
within the context of TMC/Berlitz developed initiatives, can serve as a useful tool
in the identification of cultural differences as a step toward the development of
improved cross-cultural effectiveness.
Our research is based off of extensive interviews conducted by our subject matter
experts with individuals in the country and those who have had experience working
with the country. The information gathered throughout this interview process is
then cross-checked with other interviewees to ensure its accuracy before being finalized
by TMC's content team. Country reports are updated on a regular basis and when new
Topic Areas are categories of content on the Cultural Navigator. Within the platform,
there currently are five generic topic areas on Cultural Competence, Teams, International
Assignment, Inclusion, and National Cultures, alongside two customized areas specific
to each client (Organizational Culture and Programs). The five generic Topic Areas
organize content and features available to our users.
All of your learning activities are searchable through your Activities Library.
You can access your Activities Library through the Learning area.
Yes, Cultural Navigator has been designed with tablets and smartphones in mind,
with each of the user interfaces provided built for access on touch-based devices.
Cultural Navigator has also been tested on Apple's iPad and Google's Nexus 7 tablets
to ensure a consistent experience. Mobile users will have the same access that they
have on their PCs, providing the ability for users to complete the COI or compare
with their colleagues directly from their devices.
PII (Personally Identifiable Information) in the context of the Cultural Navigator is defined as:
Users can check their account expiration date by clicking the Profile tab on the top of their Cultural Navigator account screen and selecting the Profile subsection. Once a user's account expires, their PII data will be deleted from the Cultural Navigator database.
Once your account expires, PII data will be deleted from our database.
You may download your COI Report (click COI Wheel on your home page and click to download full COI pdf).
Once a user account has expired the user will not appear in the Network Search feature. COI data that is already incorporated within your Colleagues or teams will be removed.
If a Team owner's account expires, another of the Team's members may contact Helpdesk and request permission to become the new owner of the Team.
All expired user's Latest Posts, Team comments and all replies to the user's comment(s) will be removed.
Once a user's account expires, their COI will no longer be available for inclusion within a Team Aggregate Report.
Invitations received or sent will be removed for the expired user.
If a Community moderator's account expires, the client may contact Helpdesk and request for a new moderator to be assigned. (More than one user may be assigned to moderate a Community.)
All expired user's Latest Posts, Community comments and all replies to the user's comments will be removed.
Please contact TMC Helpdesk to determine eligibility for Cultural Navigator user license extension.