This project has several important goals. One is to support awareness of Indigenous culture, traditional knowledge, language, political mobilization and self-governance efforts among students taking Circumpolar Studies online at UArctic member institutions. Another is to facilitate and support online experiential learning through cross-cultural dialogue and practical application of circumpolar knowledge. We intend to enhance Indigenous perspectives in the online curriculum shared among North American UArctic partner institutions to ensure that students have opportunity for engagement with Indigenous cultural authorities. While UArctic text-based modules and online curriculum are available for the delivery of a conventional program focusing on natural science, economies, resources and environment, there is less opportunity for students to engage online in real-time experiential learning activities or to engage in active learning of traditional and cultural knowledge. This program addresses that deficit. Its deliverables will consist of real-time zoom workshops in which students are encouraged to participate, reflect upon and engage in simulations of regional environmental, economic and political decision-making. Ancillary reports, assessments and a collection of virtual curated learning crate are also planned.
Virtual learning crates are innovate and an important goal of this project is to create curated virtual 'learning crates' for each module of the online curriculum, developed in support of redeveloped and Indigenous content. Crates will include supplementary cultural and written materials as well as visual and audio materials, customized articles and text. Taken together, these project deliverables support access to Indigenous cultural instruction and traditional knowledge, including performance, art, language, and storytelling as well as ecological knowledge. They also provide online simulations of governance processes such as the Arctic Council, where both State actors and Permanent Participants exchange dialogue and build consensus. Trent University is the lead UArctic member institution. Partner institutions are Lakehead University, Yukon University, University of Washington, Seattle and the UArctic Laera Institute for Circumpolar Studies.
University of Washington, Seattle
UArctic Laera Institute for Circumpolar Studies