Borealis Voices: Online Humanities Curriculum for the North

Lead Author Kathleen, Osgood
Institution Contact Antioch University New England
Theme Theme 4: Building Long-term Human Capacity
Session Name 4.6 Gaining a better understanding and awareness of the Arctic through education and outreach
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 04:15 PM - 04:30 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text Based on long-term study and collaboration with The Center for Circumpolar Studies, North Eastern Federal University, and the University of the Arctic, the Borealis curriculum is designed to give voice to human expressions in the north. From storytelling to film, from shamanism to cultural identity, Borealis courses are targeted at upper undergraduate and graduate students with abiding interests in the circumpolar world. They are designed using a robust online learning platform, but delivered in seminar format with an experienced instructor guiding students in their studies, research and writing. A virtual platform means that northerners from Siberia to Svalbard can participate on an equal footing. While the Borealis curriculum has been highly successful among the participants, we are considering the next steps to reach a larger audience, while keeping the small-scale seminar format.
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