With more than 23,000 registered students, U of A’s Indigenous Canada was the most popular MOOC in Canada last year.
When Jennifer Ward signed up for the Indigenous Canada massive open online course (MOOC), she didn’t quite know what to expect.
“You know when you watch a really great TV show and there’s a cliffhanger? That’s kind of what it was like: ‘Oh! What am I going to learn next?’ I binged it!”
Ironic, given Ward, an Umpqua woman who works with the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta, was apprehensive at first, thinking she might not complete the course.
“The MOOC is just different, in the way that it delivers the message. I found that the information kind of leapt off the pages because it was so visual and there was lots to keep you engaged. When you’re listening to people who have the lived experience, and can really share from the heart, the information I think is so valuable,” Ward said.