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Virtual tours of Country: creating and embedding resource-appropriate Aboriginal pedagogy at Australian universities


Prehn, J and Peacock, H and Guerzoni, MA and Walter, M, Virtual tours of Country: creating and embedding resource-appropriate Aboriginal pedagogy at Australian universities, Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, 3, (Sp. Iss. 1) Article 7. ISSN 2591-801X (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright: 2020 Jacob Prehn, Huw Peacock, Michael Andre Guerzoni, and Maggie Walter. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.7


At present, Western universities are undergoing structural and institutional change in response to the growing demands to provide additional online course and degree options, improve the recruitment, retention and support of Indigenous students, and undergo Indigenisation (of governance, the offered curricula, its faculty and campuses). In Australia, there have been increasing efforts to Indigenise curricula within law, humanities and the social sciences; prompting the formulation and execution of innovative pedagogical practices and online content. Efforts to harmonise these two emerging educational "frontiers" have been tried, one innovative measure trialled is the concept of virtual touring of Country alongside Indigenous Elders and knowledge holders, bringing together Indigenous epistemes and place-based learning. In analysing student unit evaluations, results indicate that students found the virtual tours of Country to be the most effective and meaningful aspect of the unit overall. We argue this demonstrates that what we call "digital placebased learning" is a useful method to engage undergraduate students in Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies, whilst offering a unique experience across three regions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:higher education pedagogy, indigenising curricula, teaching innovation, Indigenous, culture, Covid-19
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sciences
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information and knowledge management systems
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Prehn, J (Dr Jacob Prehn)
UTAS Author:Peacock, H (Mr Huw Peacock)
UTAS Author:Guerzoni, MA (Dr Michael Guerzoni)
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:138901
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2020-05-11
Last Modified:2021-03-11
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