By doing a bit of quick research into Tim Michel, whose video interview we watched this week, I found this article (“Undergraduate Research Examines Class Discussions”) about a research project undertaken by a group of UBC students. Their work resulted in the project and website, “What I learned in class today: Aboriginal issues in the classroom”, which asks educators the question of how they discuss Aboriginal issues in their own lessons. The project did a number of video interviews with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal UBC students, asking them to recount some of their experiences of talking about Aboriginal issues, including when it was clearly difficult to do so. They also interviewed a number of UBC instructors, who shared their experiences and beliefs about this topic.
Another feature of the website that is incredibly interesting and helpful for instructors who have questions about how to best address Aboriginal issues are resources and discussion topics for self-education, tied back to the interviews. Most of the website’s components and resources also appear to be available for download, including a workshop (and trouble-shooting guide!) model for interested parties. I look forward to absorbing this project’s contents, and considering how I might be able to use these excellent primary resources and guides in my own teaching!
The article discusses the importance of using culturally sensitive platforms in game based learning that will appeal to indigenous cultures while averting stereotyping and other harmful misrepresentations that are often found in online games. By engaging in the learning process the VLE(Virtual Learning Environment) becomes a place where students engage with the content and retain more information. This article discusses different platforms around the world and the TPAC (technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) framework’s role in helping to create more accessible VLE environments.
One of the main themes for all of the different curriculums has been the importance of culture and history, and using stories to teach and help students connect with information and develop their skills. I was interested to see if there were resources for incorporating some of the oral history that has been documented.
This site has videos of different stories, plus teaching resources and information about including First Nations pedagogy into a classroom. http://firstnationspedagogy.ca/
This is a great website that I came across that explains First Nations Pedagogy in practical terms for educators. Topics such as culture, storytelling, literacy, Elders, holistic balance and best practices in pedagogy are explained along with links to videos. I quite like that each topic links to academic articles for further reading and study. I particularly enjoyed the section on talking circles. Not only does this website define and describe the process of using talking circles, but it also gives examples of how to facilitate talking circles online. This is a great starting point to begin learning about First Nations pedagogy. This site is a welcome and practical addition to the many scholarly articles I’ve come across in connection with my research into First Nations epistemology and technology.