More than a week ago, I got the following mention in Twitter:
This is actually a topic that I’ve discussed in the past on my Virtual School Meanderings blog, but never in a specific manner (i.e., various entries on the topic, but nothing that brings it all together). So I promised Angela that I would post an entry last week about this, but the week just got away from me.
To the best of my knowledge there are four aboriginal focused K-12 online learning programs in Canada:
- Keewaytinook Internet High School (Ontario)
- Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate (Manitoba)
- Credenda Virtual School (Saskatchewan)
- Sunchild E-Learning Community (Alberta)
In the past I have posted entries about reports that have been published focused on these programs:
- Report: Optimizing The Effectiveness Of E-Learning For First Nations
- Canadian Virtual School Focused On Aboriginal Students Received $2 Million Donation
- Follow-Up: Advancing Aboriginal Inclusion Through The Use Of E-Learning Technology In The Aboriginal Community
- Advancing Aboriginal Inclusion Through The Use Of E-Learning Technology In The Aboriginal Community
- Conference: Canada’s Aboriginal Virtual Schools and E-Learning
In addition, the last two editions of the State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada reports have included content related to these aboriginal programs.
- 2010 edition
- Brief Issue Paper – Keewaytinook Internet High School: Moving first Nation Students ahead with Technology in Ontario’s Remote North (pp. 14-17)
- Vignette – Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate (p. 46)
- Vignette – Credenda Virtual High School (p. 48)
- 2009 edition
- Vignette – Keewaytinook Internet High School (p. 30)
Beyond these four programs, there have been several publications and presentations focused upon the provision of K-12 distance education primarily to an aboriginal population in Canada:
- HICE 2011 – Motivation In High School Student Success: The Case Of Aboriginal E-Learners In Rural And Remote Canada
- HICE 2011 – Together@Distance: Online Learning In The Pan Arctic
- EDGE 2010 – The Conne River Project: Muinji’j Becomes A Man
- EDGE 2010 – Where Do We Go From Here? A Canadian Perspective On Aboriginal E‐Learning
- Article Notice – The Effectiveness Of Web-Delivered Learning With Aboriginal Students: Findings From A Study In Coastal Labrador
- SITE 2010: The Challenges of Improving Synchronous Web-based High School Course Delivery In Isolated Aboriginal Community Settings
- CSSE 2009: Web-based Learning In Aboriginal Schools: The Experience In Coastal Labrador
These are all of the K-12 online learning resources focused on Canada’s aboriginal population that I am aware of. For those who have a more direct involvement in this community, am I missed any?
Also, for my readers south of the 49th parallel, are there any K-12 online learning programs or resources in the United States specifically focused on Native Americans? I am aware of the Fort Washakie High School (FWHS)/Wyoming e-academy of Virtual Education (WeAVE), but that is really the only one that immediately comes to mind.