Four COPLAC campuses have received a grant from the Teagle Foundation to expand the range of curricular offerings and explore the educational value of sharing online and hybrid courses in the area of Native American Studies. The three-year grant (2014-2017) allows participating institutions to test the appeal of regional and transnational courses in a hybrid environment and assess the student learning outcomes of this unique instructional format.
The shared courses in Native American Studies come from a variety of academic departments and programs. The partner institutions are building a multi-campus community of faculty expertise and practice, developing and sharing courses that expand curricular options on each campus, and offering students the opportunity to study under faculty experts from other COPLAC campuses.
In addition to the online course component, enrolled students on each of the four campuses are mentored by home campus faculty members. This combination of online instruction and "on the ground" face-to-face advisement constitutes the unique hybrid nature of the course experience.
Topics in Canadian History: Oral History
Daniel Sims, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus
This course considers oral traditions as aspects of broader, culturally-defined systems of knowledge, in which stories are vehicles for encoding and transmitting knowledge about the people, their culture, and their history. It focuses on new academic and community-based approaches, as well as the complementarity of oral traditions/Indigenous knowledge and Western science. Students will explore the evolving roles of oral traditions for contemporary Indigenous peoples.