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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? 


  • Monika Kern (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2013 2:05pm ()

    Equity is a huge issue, but is this a cultural or a poverty issue? Meaning, too many Pasifika and Maori students are lacking the access because of poverty not because of their ethinicity? The cause of the poverty might well be ethnicity related of course, with the current or a past generation being treated in a way that disadvantages them because of their ethinicity.

    I have always found Kiwis very resourceful people that instead of a barrier see an opportunity in such challenges, and the Manaiakalani Cluster of schools is certainly a great example of how they have gone ahead with facilitating access to technology despite the inequity. A small cluster of schools in the Far North, the Kaikohekohe LCN Cluster, are now following in their footsteps and are very thankful for the support they are receiving from Manaiakalani. The 3 schools are deciles 1 and 2 with at least 75% or their combined rolls being Maori students, and like Manaiakalani they will be offering their senior students 21st century learning with 1-on-1 devices.

    I am not saying it is not hard work, but there are examples out there that make it possible to overcome inequity to a certain degree. How we use the technology to truly teach in a culturally responsive way is my big question...

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