In the fall, I’ll be teaching an online course for the first time. The subject is Academic Writing Across Disciplines, and five of my students will be from Nunavut, a land I can barely imagine. In June, I was fortunate enough to meet these students, along with their program coordinators, here in Greater Victoria. How alien their landscape would be to me was underscored by this brief exchange:
Another instructor: [apropos a discussion on accessing readings] They can download required readings from the website and then go read them under a tree.
Program coordinator: Except that there are no trees in Nunavut.
My mind was blown. Continue reading