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2021-22 Minister’s Awards of Excellence | Winner Profile

SNP's President (right)

Category: Future-proofing Ontario’s students

Faculty and staff who have led the way in adapting programming that supports new ways of learning.

Indigenous Institutes Consortium team

Sam Grey
Six Nations Polytechnic

Summary of winning application:
The Indigenous Institutes Consortium (IIC) represents the collective and collaborative efforts of its seven Indigenous-owned and operated education and training institutions across Ontario.

At the launch of the government of Ontario’s Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS), the seven Indigenous Institutes Consortium members led by Six Nations Polytechnic wrote two successful applications and later developed two new micro-credential courses. The first course, HyFlex Design in Indigenous Teaching and Learning, contributes to the transition between in-person and virtual learning by presenting the basics of HyFlex design and teaching focused through an Indigenous pedagogical lens.

The second course, Indigenous e-Learning Assessment Strategies, looks at current trends in alternative/authentic postsecondary assessments, focused through an Indigenous and decolonizing lens.

Participants critically engage and adapt assessment strategies that are inclusive of First Nations, Inuit and Métis learners. These courses support educators in creating culturally grounded, online learning spaces that nurture Indigenous students’ intellectual self-determination. These projects were chosen to ensure Indigenous epistemological, experiential and practical knowledge. These projects represent unique engagements in the emerging field of “Indigenous e-Learning” driven by Indigenous community-based research and informed by pilot courses rooted in Indigenous knowledge and virtual learning. The seven institutional partners have decades of experience in building bridges between industries and Indigenous communities by offering skills training and adapting content for multiple audiences. The team is combining culture and technology and leading the discussion on Indigenous definitions of student success.

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