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Indigenous cultures and e-Learning

Started by Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu 05 Nov 2013 2:09pm () Replies (22)

Recently I've been having discussions with colleagues around their perspectives on Māori and e-Learning, and Pasifika and e-Learning.  

We've been wrestling with the ideas around how Māori or Pasifika learners see their cultural identities within their learning, if e-Learning is the vehicle/tool/framework through which to raise their academic achievement.

Some concerns were raised around potential loss of cultural identities through focusing too much on the fixation on technology (negative consequence) compared to using e-Learning and technology as a way to celebrate cultural identities.  

Too often the focus can be on the segregation/separation of indigenous cultures and everything associated with cultural identities (multi-ethnic, intra-ethnic, bi-cultural, multi-cultural) from e-Learning, because people see them as separate, or may even value one over the other.

What are your thoughts on what TRUE INTEGRATION would look like?

What would be the best of both worlds?

How can blended e-Learning be a way or an approach to assist Māori and Pasifika learners in navigating their way to success?

What type of success are we talking about here? 


  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2013 8:09pm ()

    Really enjoying this kōrero, everyone, and thank you to Manu for raising it. I concur with the previous points related to the importance of teacher value and belief driving the integration of technology. The issue of access and equity is one that many schools are facing - regardless of culture - although in places where the movement to BYOD is happening, there is no doubt that attention to disparity must be paid. There are, though, great examples across New Zealand of how strong leadership, genuine collaboration with iwi and community, and clear vision have put plans in place to overcome barriers created by wider social inequity.

    In terms of the effective use of technology that is woven into culturally responsive teaching, there is a growing set of resources in Enabling e-Learning on TKI, as well as here in the VLN, in relation to this kaupapa that some of the people in this thread have contributed to:

    Increasingly, when I work with teachers around e-learning, the conversations are moving away from the technology and back to the 'so what' and purpose of learning design. With students from all backgrounds increasingly having 'doors to the world' in the palms of their hands, the need for all of us to re-think how we design learning that is personalised, responsive and meaningful becomes ever more crucial, if we are not to miss amazing opportunities to extend learning pathways.

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