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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? 


  • Leigh Hynes (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2013 2:48pm ()

    I have been grappling with how to enable Maori students to achieve as Maori in a blended environment.  I think that teachers (talking about myself here too) are somehow afraid to trial different blended strategies for fear of gettting it wrong and putting Maori students off.  I do believe we have to just jump in and trial these strategies and as well as collect data, ask for feedback from the students to know if we are on the right track.  The trick is not to be afraid of making mistakes. 

    I have written a couple of blogs of making visual mihi and flipping classes (making videos for learning) using a cultural context but don't really know if I am on the right track.  It just seems to be a good place to start, though.

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