Using Indigenous Talking Circles in Online Environments

Talking circles online offer an opportunity for students to connect with one another during the course and in doing so enhance student satisfaction with the course. When facilitating a talking circle, the host must make it clear that they are drawing upon Indigenous knowledge systems. This requires educators to learn about the Indigenous peoples in the territory and ensure that they are respecting protocols and practices. Talking circles can be used to share feelings and thoughts, to connect with content, to build community, and as a form of assessment. The authors share their experiences using talking circles in synchronous sessions.
Talking circles, Indigenous pedagogies, protocol, colonization, appropriation, Alberta Teaching Quality Standard
Danyluk, P., & Hanson, A. (2021). Using Indigenous Talking Circles in Online Environments (learning object). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.