U of A online course on Indigenous culture sees popularity surge amid Black Lives Matter movement – Folio

U of A online course on Indigenous culture sees popularity surge amid Black Lives Matter movement – Folio

by ahnationtalk on August 19, 2020180 Views

August 19 2020

New students are flocking to the Indigenous Canada MOOC to help understand systemic racism and social inequities, say experts behind the course.

Since its launch in 2017, the massive open online course Indigenous Canada has been among the most popular MOOCs in Canada but in the first half of 2020, its popularity has skyrocketed.

“It all started in March with COVID,” said course instructor Paul Gareau, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Native Studies. “Normally around 300 new students register each week, but in March we started getting around 1,000. Then, when Black Lives Matter started to hit the news, those numbers jumped to over 5,000, and one week there was over 10,000. Since then it’s been over 5,000 every week.”

The connection between Black Lives Matter—a grassroots movement that advocates for an end to police brutality and all racially motivated violence against Black people—and increased interest in Indigenous perspectives can be understood through structural racism that marginalizes Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC), said Gareau.

Read More: https://www.folio.ca/u-of-a-online-course-on-indigenous-culture-sees-popularity-surge-amid-black-lives-matter-movement/

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