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Online access and the effects of COVID-19 on Indigenous AU learners and their families

COVID-19 has the potential to affect many people, including AU’s Indigenous learners, in multiple ways.

We invite all Indigenous learners to be part of this research project, “Two Stepping: Determining the dynamics of online access, and understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous AU learners and their families” and to participate in a survey. The first step refers to the dynamics of online access during these times—while the second refers to understanding its effects.

Research Details

The research will address the following questions:

  1. What are the effects of the pandemic on the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of the Indigenous learner in the context of their social environment and family?
  2. What are the challenges and barriers of Indigenous learners during this time of social isolation?
  3. What are the adaptations, attitudes, and behavior changes that Indigenous learners, family, and community have had to make amidst rapid health and social changes?

Further research opportunities

By completing the online survey, Indigenous learners agree to participate in the research project. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Following the completion of the survey, there will be opportunity to participate in a focus group, individual interview, or both. The interview may take up to one hour; the focus group involves other Indigenous learners and may take up to three hours. Talking about these experiences may help to alleviate stress and inform Athabasca University of Indigenous learners’ needs.

Check your email!

If you have been invited to participate in this survey, you will find a link in your primary AU email account. If you’ve missed the email invite and are an Indigenous learner that would like to participate, please email Dr. Josie C. Auger.

  • October 7, 2020
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