How universities can support Indigenous online learners in the COVID-19 pandemic – University Affairs

How universities can support Indigenous online learners in the COVID-19 pandemic – University Affairs

by ahnationtalk on March 29, 202162 Views

MAR 29 2021

Indigenous people with experience guiding culturally safe talking circles in an online environment can work with students to nurture safe virtual spaces.

As the second wave of the pandemic wears on, Indigenous students are facing challenges. At Athabasca University, we conducted a study to learn how Indigenous students at our university are doing with online learning in the pandemic. Our colleagues Martin Connors, professor of space sciences/physics and Barbara Reis, a master of education student, were part of our research team.

Athabasca University specializes in and has been an early adopter of distance education, so Athabasca’s contemporary online learners did not face an abrupt switch to online learning because of the pandemic. We asked students who self-identify as Indigenous to explain the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges and barriers they face in an online learning environment and the adaptations they have made.

Read More: https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/how-universities-can-support-indigenous-online-learners-in-the-covid-19-pandemic/

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