Today I enrolled in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) at UBC called “Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education.” It’s not my first time taking an online course, though the only other one I’ve taken was synchronous and very tiny, and had a lot of Skype-ish interaction with my classmates and the instructor.
It will be interesting to see how the MOOC compares.
I’m very interested in this topic, especially since I am teaching the First Peoples English course again next semester.
Here’s the info and link (click the course title) if you are interested in registering for it. It’s free; you just have to create an account with EdX, the online course platform. The course starts on Sept. 29th.
Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education: Strategies, exemplars, and resources that support teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing in classrooms, schools & communities.
This course will help you envision how Indigenous ways of knowing, content, perspectives, and pedagogies can be made part of classrooms, schools, and communities in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. This is an approach that more and more educators see as far more likely to ensure the success of Indigenous learners, as well as enhance the learning experiences of all students.
Choosing reconciliation as a lens for rethinking policy and learning practices acknowledges that there are contradictions in the current curriculum of schooling that impact the success of Indigenous learners. Reconciliation in this course emphasizes changing institutional structures and personal and professional ideologies to create equitable and inclusive learning environments for Indigenous learners, and where all students should have opportunities to learn from Indigenous histories, traditions, and knowledges as part of a social justice education.
Educators need to be able to respond to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must build the capacity of all learners to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, community-based organizations, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this MOOC.