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Indigenous cultures and e-Learning


How might Māori or Pasifika learners see their cultural identities through the use of e-learning? Jump in and add your own thoughts to this thread.

There's also a shared Google doc created, and you're invited to add some learner goals that may reflect e-learning and culturally responsive practice.


  • Andrea Tapsell

    “…at the heart of successful education for all Māori learners is the provision of a culturally responsive environment” (Kāhui Tautoko Consulting Ltd, 2012a, p.19).  

    During our Mindlab course we have been looking at indigenous and culturally responsive environments.  While looking into this I came across this video about : Dig My Idea / Maori Innovation Challenge.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjzJTfN8cL0

    This is a very enlightening video that show that Maori today identify not only with their culture but also that they are just as capable, competitive and innovative with using 21st century digital tools.  

    Maori I believe see themselves being able to bring their own identity and culture through the use of the digital tools and contribute to the wider community.  However, because Maori believe in a whanau like and sense of belonging in order to identify with their culture, it is important that this is encouraged within educational environments and students given every opportunity to culturally express themselves when engaging in e-learning.  

    It is interesting to note that Maori is well represented in tertiary education (1:5).  However one has to ask 'why is it that we don't hear of the achievements of our Maori students'.  Is this the media influence?

    18th June 2016

  • whaeasarah

    I recently came across an interesting book write up on the Cult of Pedagogy Blog. The book is called Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond 

    She talks about how to be culturally responsive in your classroom programme. I found it really interesting as before I didn't have any clarity on how exactly you were to show you were respecting tangata whenua with learning activities. 

    She talks about 3 key ideas to use when developing learning activities.

    1. Gamify

    2. Keep it Social

    3. Storify it

    As these are the ways indigenous cultures teach each other. It made me realise what I'm doing is part way there. Does anyone have any other insights on how to show your pedagogy is culturally responsive and how they do it especially using digital devices?