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Aboriginal E-learning in Canada: What Works?

, , , Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Global Learn, in Melbourne, Australia ISBN 978-1-880094-85-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


The overall intent of this presentation is to share the results of a recent (2010) pan-Canadian study examining successful ways to deliver courses to high school students in rural isolated aboriginal communities through e-learning. Most of these students have little option but to complete part of their program through distance education. Key educators involved in delivering e-learning to aboriginal students across Canada were identified and interviewed to help determine best practices. Overall, data were collected from 24 participants with representation from each province or territory. The results were organized under “strategies for success” using the constructs of e-learning organization, communication, motivation, and the local community context in which e-learning takes place. The presentation will discuss these findings and conclude with a number of observations about facilitating successful e-learning to students in isolated aboriginal communities.


Sharpe, D., Philpott, D. & Bourgeois, M. (2011). Aboriginal E-learning in Canada: What Works?. In S. Barton, J. Hedberg & K. Suzuki (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2011--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (p. 2043). Melbourne, Australia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 15, 2019 from .