Incorporating Indigenous Voices in Learning Design: A Framework for Medical and Health Sciences Education
Abstract: Learning Design has progressed dramatically in the last ten years. However, the gap in medical and health sciences education is developing a systematic approach to learning design that incorporates Indigenous voices and their knowledge, cultures, and stories. Doing that will promote cultural awareness amongst students and exercise social justice and reconciliation, contextualising the learning experience, making it more authentic and relevant. An inclusive and responsive medical and health sciences education that would support Indigenous identities and align with their health needs is the first step of the process. This paper aims to propose a learning design model that incorporates Indigenous voices in the learning design sequence to guide a transformative experience and prepare new medical and health sciences graduates to engage with Indigenous communities effectively. This model is of particular interest for learning designers to guide the deployment of authentic online learning that embraces Indigenous knowledge, cultures, and stories.