Community-Based Learning Opportunities for Aboriginals, Winner, 2005: The Sunchild E-Learning Community Model (2005)

In 1999, the Sunchild E-Learning Community was established to develop and deliver education aimed exclusively at the needs of Aboriginal students in Grades 9 to 12 in 12 First Nations communities across Canada.

The Sunchild E-Learning Community is a private, non-profit, non-government funded school that provides First Nations learners with access to a range of education choices through an e-learning delivery service. Those choices include high school diploma courses; basic adult upgrading programs; trades training; industry training; and university courses.

It augments and supports conventional school programs by offering Aboriginal students accessible, responsive, flexible, and culturally respectful curricula.

The Sunchild E-Learning Community consists of a mix of live instruction and archived tutorials that offer individual learners the opportunity to work in a structured and interactive environment. At the same time, Sunchild provides flexibility in the pace at which individuals may learn, and helps learners accommodate family and work responsibilities.

Students access the Sunchild E-Learning Community from their desktop through an Internet connection that links them to their online instructor. Courses incorporate audio, video, whiteboard and chat capabilities.

A student mentor provides in-class assistance to learners and acts as a community liaison, learner coach, and technical trouble-shooter.

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Douglas Watt. Community-Based Learning Opportunities for Aboriginals, Winner, 2005: The Sunchild E-Learning Community Model 2005. Web. 10 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_aboriginal_winner_2005/cblo_aboriginal_winner_2005.pdf>
Douglas Watt (2005). Community-Based Learning Opportunities for Aboriginals, Winner, 2005: The Sunchild E-Learning Community Model. Retrieved August 10, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_aboriginal_winner_2005/cblo_aboriginal_winner_2005.pdf
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