Random thoughts, to post or not to post?

LRNT521 is coming to a close at the end of this week, and this past 8 weeks has flown by. I have learned A LOT. I’ve learned about how digital communities are formed, how to define and recognize social forms, and about some of the challenges involved with digital learning environments. I’ve also learned a lot about myself, my online habits, and have been able to interact within groups, nets and sets with a heightened level of awareness.

Karen McMurray and I were discussing our DIDP final submissions, and we side tracked to talking about our blogs. We agreed that we both have things that we would like to post, but are unsure about if the blog is the right place. What if what we want to post isn’t as formal, but worth sharing? We also discussed how interesting it is to see our MALAT cohort group evolving into groups and sets. Communicating casually amongst the 20+ of us is challenging!

So, here it is, an informal “brain dump” post, to let everyone know where my head is at!

I was really nervous about the briefing note assignment, and at one point on the Sunday morning it was due, I had to just “put it to bed” and hit submit. It was really neat to get to see everyone else’s posted on the google doc. Almost all were written with a different tone or style, and covered a wide range of topics. I’d like all of my MALAT peers to know that the effort put in was very evident!

Given the horrific recent events in Kamloops, two papers stood out to me as incredibly timely and well researched. Specifically, Gail Yee’s briefing note the need for humility or cultural awareness training for oral health professionals was fascinating and eye opening. Specifically, the inverse relationship between care needed and care sought made me ponder “if cultural awareness training, or levels of humility was increased, would more of these underserved community members seek out the care that they need in a more timely fashion?”. I am glad that Gail chose to pursue this topic, and hope she continues to explore it.

Myrna Pokiak’s briefing note on the impact of DLEs on indigenous cultural awareness was also impactful, and well thought out. She points out the atrocities are being discovered at a rapid rate, but the ability of most Canadians to comprehend the true gravity of these events is now growing in kind. I think back to the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on indigenous awareness but out by the University of Alberta, and the massive uptake it has had, this shows that we as Canadians WANT the knowledge, and we want to understand. As Myrna mentioned, I think that DLEs may be a great outlet for getting the knowledge out, provided they are designed through consultation of the indigenous stakeholders who would more traditionally spread this awareness in person.

I am hoping this blog posts encourages others to post their less formal thoughts about what we are experiencing in a more public, open manner.

Cheers, Paula.

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