Launch of an online learning platform in the Nunavik adult education sector
Montreal, Qc. (September 30, 2020) – It is with great enthusiasm that Kativik Ilisarniliriniq launches today its Moodle platform, and online toolbox that will support Adult Education students across Nunavik.
“Moodle is one of the leading online learning environments used by many educational institutions in Canada and around the world. I truly believe that introducing it to Nunavik students in the adult sector will help us cater better to their needs,” said Harriet Keleutak, Director General of Kativik Ilisarniliriniq.
Although Moodle is an online platform, full courses can be downloaded at once and then accessed offline. “This feature is very interesting for us,” said Mamadou Diop, Interim Director of Adult Education and Vocational Training at Kativik Ilisarniliriniq. Students don’t always have access to the internet at home and the Nunavik telecommunications infrastructure are often unreliable. “With Moodle, students will be able to download their courses at one of our six Adult Education Centres,” he added. Students registered in courses offered via the Moodle platform will be provided with a laptop computer. They will also be able to receive direct support from teachers, by phone via a toll-free number.
Over the summer, Kativik Ilisarniliriniq trained its Adult Education teachers and education consultants on the use of Moodle. The platform offers many tools that can be used to track student progress and offer them support, regardless of whether they study in class or at a distance. “Nunavimmiut who register in general education courses often chose the adult sector because they are juggling work and family obligations. They need flexibility in terms of when they can do their learning. Moodle is going to make a big difference in helping them reach their goals,” Mr. Diop noted.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moodle platform will enable the continuity of services in the adult sector for general education courses, and in the near future for selected vocational training programs. It also opens up options for Inuit of Nunavik who are currently residing outside the region and would like to complete their Secondary School Diploma at their own pace.
Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the school board of Nunavik, was created in 1975, under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA). Since 1978, it has been the exclusive provider of educational services to all Nunavik residents. Under the JBNQA, the school board also acts as an institution with unique powers and jurisdiction geared towards the protection and development of the Inuit language, culture, and way of life, through the delivery of tailored educational services and programs. The education programs developed by the school board are offered in all schools of the 14 Nunavik communities, in Inuktitut as first language and in French and English as second languages. The school board operates 17 primary and secondary schools as well as 6 adult education centres. For more information, visit www.kativik.qc.ca.
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