Online Talking Circle

First Nations Pedagogy Online provides many resources for educators seeking to have an inclusive course design for all students. From the About Us Page:

Aboriginal learners enrol in BC college and university mainstream programming, as well as programs designed specifically for learners working in First Nations communities. There are special programs in place to ensure success of these learners, recognizing that a supportive environment will contribute to a positive educational experience. However, online delivery of courses specifically targeting aboriginal students is relatively new in British Columbia and is on the increase.

The question of what this means in terms of course design, instructional strategies, and building supportive learning communities, remains a challenge to many instructors. The First Nations Pedagogy for Online Learning project has been undertaken to address this gap.

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 5.34.55 PMMany of the resources on this site help guide educators on how to integrate respect for oral traditional practices into their online courses.

Some may see this as a form of netiquette that honors First Nations traditions. The handout seen to the right gives a teacher a resource to track who has spoken. Every student takes a turn speaking. Every student listens to his/her classmates.

A student’s turn is signified by their possession of a talking stick, which in an online setting would be an image.

Only the person who receives the stick graphic contributes all the rest read and reflect. 

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