Educational Technology

November 29, 2015

Stanford adds Cherokee Online Language class

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EBCI tribal member Constance Owl might go to school across the country, but she still gets to speak and hear her native language. “There’s already interest in having the course offered next year,” said Owl who chairs the Stanford Cherokee Club. The joint project is a part of WCU’s Community Outreach programming, and Dr. Francis said the online classes have been beneficial to all. “Even Western Carolina University can be a bit far from the Boundary or from Snowbird, and so we have found our online classes to be one of the best ways to reach the community.” He said they post electronic lessons and short audiovisual pieces to the WCU Cherokee Language Facebook page. “The formal class structure that we share with Stanford and the very formal online class structure for credit through WCU is quite different from the informal Facebook posting,” said Dr. Francis, “but, all of these modes help us reach the community and further Cherokee language scholarship.”

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