Twylla Soosay Twylla Soosay

In fall of 2020 Twylla began studying Master’s of Science in Information Systems in the Faculty of Science & Technology. Currently, in her final year with thesis remaining. She is presently involved in a couple of community-based projects. The first one is about Enhancing Rural Real Estate through Community Learning. Samson Cree Nation, where she is from, is one of the communities that was engaged in under this project. The second project is called Nîyâkahpisôwin that aims to develop a ICT Network Administration Certificate for the Maskwacis Cultural College in collaboration with Athabasca University.


Title: Indigenization of Content: a step toward the decolonization of higher education curriculum

Abstract: 

Purpose: Designed as a community-engaged program of learning grounded in Indigenous practices, languages, knowledges, and methods. Includes demonstrations, Cree language for key concepts, learning environment that acknowledges the importance of family, community, land, and spirit.

Method of implementation:
Employment-ready training, preparation for university level bachelor or diploma computer science and information systems.

Indigenous traditional knowledge and to evaluate the quality of computer networks in terms of the living – the environment, the human connection, and the indigenous cultural perspectives.

The program offers background to a) Cree language development, b) contemporary Cree society, c) digital literacy, and d) ICT networking prior to network administration.
Assessments are progress maps, helping students in understanding of the topics.

Results: The curriculum has been designed and is ongoing, two research assistants developing the content and lab exercises. An Indigenous Knowledge Holder will Indigenous practices, languages, knowledges, and methods.
Moodle will host the content. A lab with Cisco networking equipment and GNS3 simulator. This Certificate meets the requirements of National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

Implications:
The conception, design and development of the program and its learning outcomes a) leverages partnerships with Indigenous communities, rights holders, and stakeholders perspectives and knowledge, b) increases Indigenous representation among computer networking administrators, and c) facilitates the autonomization of networking among Indigenous communities.

 


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