Students were introduced to the notion of “nordicity” and what it means to be part of the Northern World. Topics included the geography and physical features of the north, biological features and process, along with a study of peoples and cultures of the Circumpolar World. Discussions on economic activity, the environment, and global climate change were often challenging but opened everyone’s eyes to issues surrounding indigenous rights, self-determination, and emerging political structures.
It is not easy to take an on-line course. However, in Cambridge Bay the
students formed a study group and met weekly at the Community Learning
Centre (CLC). Adult Educator, Philomena McGill facilitated the tutorials
and the students all helped each other by being innovative, resourceful
in seeking solutions, and working together in a welcoming and inclusive
The on-line instructor, Lindsay Sowdluapik-Lloyd was excited to meet the
Cambridge Bay group in person when she came to meet everyone April 7 to
The CLC hummed with activity throughout the week-end, as
students focused on completing assignments, and prepared for the
upcoming final exam.
These amazing learners all came together from different programs
throughout the Kitikmeot Campus in Cambridge Bay. Two are from the
Social Services Worker Diploma Program, two are from the first year
Social Services Worker Certificate Program, one is from Adult Basic
Education, and one from College Foundations.
Learning included an overview of the aboriginal peoples and contemporary
issues of the circumpolar region. In addition the course focused on
building skills in critical thinking, essay writing and online learning.
But, what shone the most were the smiles of adult learners who grew in
self-confidence and with a broader view of their world.
See the original press release here.
University of the Arctic students explore Circumpolar Studies in Cambridge Bay
Wed, Apr 13, 2011
A group of six students in Cambridge Bay are happy they chose to take the on-line Introduction to Circumpolar Studies, the first course offering in Nunavut Arctic College’s new University Studies Diploma available through the University of the Arctic.