Creating and Supporting Accessible Learning Spaces

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Many new possibilities have emerged from the need to shift to more online modes of learning due to COVID-19. Some communities have built learning hubs, many post-secondary institutions have increased bursaries and laptop rentals to ensure students have access to technology, and staff and faculty are finding ways to leverage digital technology to support remote learning in new and exciting ways. Although there are many possibilities emerging from online learning spaces, accessibility still remains a challenge for both Indigenous students and the staff and faculty who are supporting them. The digital divide still impacts many communities in their ability to stay connected, remote learning environments may be more challenging for some students to effectively learn in, and the idea of online learning can be daunting for many. On February 23, 2021, staff and faulty who work with Indigenous students in post-secondary education gathered for a Virtual Sharing Circle to discuss accessible learning spaces. This report includes the themes that emerged from the sharing circle discussions and is followed by recommendations for post-secondary institutions. Introduction

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