Mike Meets MOOC

HE WordleMOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) hardly need an introduction. They were everywhere in 2012 and promise to be even more dominant (distracting?) this year.

I decided to see what all the fuss was about (and to actually learn about something that interests me). So I signed up for the Aboriginal Worldviews and Education course offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. This is a Coursera offering.

The description sounded interesting given my focus on higher education policy and practice:

Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.

The course is taught by Jean-Paul Restoule, an associate professor of Aboriginal Education in the OISE Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education.

I will comment here on my experience as the course progresses. Looking forward to finding out more about MOOCs and Aboriginal worldviews.


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