The education gap between First Nations people livingon a reserve and non-Aboriginal people in Canada isdisconcerting. E-learning has the potential to help closethis gap because it is designed to minimize or eliminatethe barriers (geographical, cultural, socio-economic,and historical) to educational success that First Nationspeople living on a reserve face. Based on a brief litera-ture review and 18 interviews, The Conference Boardof Canada found that optimizing the effectiveness of e-learning in improving the educational outcomes of First Nations people living on a reserve requires the:
better engagement of First Nations in the developmentand implementation of e-learning programs;
development and implementation of an e-learningstrategy;
an increase in funding for e-learning programs and thesupporting software licensing, technical infrastructure,equipment, and technicians;
extension of funding terms for e-learning programs;
assessment of community needs and educationaloutcomes;
building of tools and capacity;
development and implementation of a strategyto improve teacher engagement;
consideration of generational differences amongstudents;
promotion of student commitment;
expansion and an increase in the flexibility of programs, with holistic program delivery; and
better integration of e-learning under the overall Indianand Northern Affairs Canada education umbrella.Optimizing the Effectiveness of E-Learning for First Nationsby
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