Integrating Indigenous ways of knowing and learning into face-to-face, blended, and online learning environments
This process paper and major project fills a gap in resources for educators to understand Indigenous perspectives and integrate Indigenous educational methodologies into their own practices. As a step toward reconciliation in Canada, educators are directed by employers to Indigenize their curriculum yet question how to do so. After reviewing relevant literature, a website was created to support educators in building capacity for intercultural understanding, respect, growth, and relationship. The website leads viewers through Indigenous perspectives then moves to four elements of Indigenous educational methodologies and practices: relationship with place, circle, the story, and mentorship. A final section applies the methodologies to blended and online learning environments. Website design includes clear navigation and separate sections for background information, applied examples, and additional resources. Anonymous survey reviewer findings were integrated into the final website version. A Home Page redesign led to inclusion of author personal presence and a more human element. Reviewers found the information and examples useful, adaptable, and applicable. Many recommended the website to colleagues or teacher trainees. The major project met its intended outcomes and created positive unexpected outcomes. Both the website content and the intentional visual, oral, and nature-based design focus created an unusual, non-text-based resource for educators.
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Mudge, Luke (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2015)The goal of this project is to outline a framework, and create models, that can be used by teachers to guide learners through the process of designing their own learning. This work presents a theoretical framework and ...
Blended learning: expansion of the learning environment from the classroom to technology mediated spaces can have a positive influence on reluctant writers in K-12 Christensen, Jane (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2014)This blended learning project is focused on the effects of the use of online environments to elicit motivation of reluctant writers in the elementary years. The use of blended learning to facilitate engagement in reluctant ...
Professional learning community focused on assessment for learning: teachers’ reported levels of adoption and changes in attitude MacDowell, Venessa M. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2010-05)The empirical evidence on changing educators’ assessment practices shows what pedagogical changes effectively increase student achievement, but the question remains about how to support educators in making the necessary ...