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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? 


  • Jason Ruakere (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2013 8:22pm ()

    Kia ora Manu for initiating this important kaupapa. We too are wrestling with this same issue in Taranaki. A number of people I have had kōrero with around e-learning have raised similar concerns raised by Alana around equity and access. Some of our whānau still struggle to meet the basic needs for school such as uniform, stationery, fees and extra-curricular costs. In some situations kids go without kai and don't have a pen or paper!

    In my previous role as a Kaiawhina for Māori boys I supported boys that were disengaged in school for various reasons and we experimented with blended learning approaches such as Moodle and mobile devices to find out if these could support the boys. What we discovered is that the boys were a lot more responsive and engaged in their learning through using these approaches. We tried to encourage the school to take this further and provide opportunities for the boys to participate in cultural activities outside the school to connect to their marae communities. But due to the established structure, time and costs this did not evetuate.

    Various iwi members and educators I have spoken to in Taranaki are both excited and cautious with the development of technology. They envisage the benefits for Māori achieving as Māori in educational spaces, community spaces and cultural spaces such as marae, hui and wānanga. But much more discussion is required around access, equity, cultural and safety implications. I would be interested to know what whānau and kaiako in Māori medium and mainstream schools think about this kaupapa?

    E mihi atu ana,


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