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September 26, 2013

Online Course Enhances Awareness of Aboriginal Cultures

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Aboriginal culture — whether for your own personal knowledge or to better support Aboriginal staff, students and colleagues in the post-secondary system — now’s the time to register for NAIT’s online Aboriginal Awareness course.

The next offering runs from October 7 to November 15 and eCampusAlberta is covering the tuition for employees of member institutions and Community Adult Learning Councils (CALCs).

“The course will be facilitated by Métis Elder Gisèle Wood, Inuit Elder Peggy Richardson, and Cree Elder Walter Bonaise,” said Bill McMullen, Associate Chair/Coordinator of Online Learning in the Faculty of Undergraduate Studies at NAIT. “They’ll use video and personal narratives to explore cultures common to Alberta and the Northwest Territories, as well as contemporary issues and traditional ways of learning and teaching.”

There are no exams to write, no papers to complete, and no scheduled class times. Rather, the course is designed as cohort-based and interactive, with structured activities including journaling, discussion forums, and live webinars with the Elders.

Participants can enter the Moodle system at any time during the week to access content and take part in activities over the six-week term.

“The NAIT Encana Aboriginal Student Centre has developed a strong, engaging course, and we’re pleased to cover the cost and help our members access it,” said Tricia Donovan, Executive Director of eCampusAlberta. “It’s one more step educators and administrators can take to help support Aboriginal students in achieving their post-secondary goals.”

Registration is also open for the next two sessions, scheduled for February 3-March 14 and May 5-June 13, 2014. 

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