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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? 


  • Karl Vasau (View all users posts) 11 Nov 2013 12:35am ()

    Hi everyone...i am just thinking out loud here so please no haters lol...

    I believe that technology is just ONE tool we are encouraging our pupils to use to enhance thier learning opportunities...We have seen positive use and development but can technology be associated with achievement...how is it measured?

    I dont think schools have thought enough or AT ALL about how students will use technology to express or strengthen their cultural identity as we have traditional ways of doing this within our own cultures. Have we asked our parents or communities about using technology for this purpose...my school hasnt..."Culturally responsive" massive statement needs korero... 

    If a community of parents (any culture) can be convinced, assisted, educated or exposed to technology as a tool for enhancing their child/ren learning then they WILL invest. Barriers of affordability and access are a matter of priority for families and that if it is clear to them about their potential then it will happen...of course their a many situations of families who are struggling and experiencing poverty, but i am often inspired that some of these families within my own community are making that INVESTMENT...

    just some thoughts :):)


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