A great learning experience
Although the online format was a major change from last year, this session was a great learning experience and a huge help to the DigitalNWT project. Following the project’s co-creational approach to curriculum development, we focused on working with Adult Educators (two of whom are members of the project’s curriculum design committee) to provide feedback and ask questions about the new Course 2 curriculum.
We also discussed how to set up our new distance education delivery model (Courses 1 and 2). The revised Course 1 materials were also shown and discussed. The insights and expertise the Adult Educators bring to the delivery of the content is key to making the courses effective and successful.
What's in the box you ask? Each curriculum box comes with a Facilitator Guide for instructors, along with a USB stick containing all the digital files — prepared in case internet services are unavailable in participating communities.
Also included are 70 page Student Workbook with activities to support the course. The boxes also include materials for hands on activities, such as a ball of yarn for the 'Weave the Network' introductory exercise and an information sharing card-sorting activity.
One important element of the DigitalNWT curriculum isn't in the box - laptops. Every person who completes the course will receive a free laptop provided by Smart Communities Society NWT / Computers for Schools NWT -- a DigitalNWT partner that is shipping up the computers separately.