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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? 


  • Linda Brown (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2013 6:30pm ()

    I agree there are some fantastic examples of looking at the situation from a positive standpoint rather than the age old deficit theorising model which has been applied for several generations. As far as equity of resources go there is not always a need for a classroom to have a device for each student, with group teaching, student led inquiry and differentiated teaching and learning there would rarely be a time when all students would be on a device at the same time.  Using them as another tool in their learning toolkit rather than the only tool allows them to use the right tool for the job.  Learning to work collaboratively in class and across the school means that when you need them they are there but when you do not they can be used elsewhere in the school.  There are also opportunities to work with the technology they have until they can use it effectively for learning not just for social medial gossiping but real time collaborative learning.  I would be interested to know how many devices are being utilised fully when there is 1-1 available.

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