Thirty-two students from Iqaluit, Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, Pangnirtung, Resolute Bay, Rankin Inlet and Ottawa are enrolled in the course "Introduction to the Circumpolar World" that started Jan. 31. 

"It is very encouraging to see so many people from all parts of Nunavut interested in online learning and participating in a course that covers arctic and northern topics," said Lloyd-Sowdluapik. "Everyone has been very enthusiastic and I think the course will be an important part of providing accessible university education to Nunavummiut across the territory." In a news release, the college said students have formed study groups in each community and a bilingual instructed based in Iqaluit is also available to help.

The course includes a range of topics including science, studies of the Arctic’s indigenous populations and contemporary issues.It also aims to build student skills in critical thinking, essay writing and online learning. 

The course is part of UArctic's Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies. With the program offered in multiple communities simultaneously, study groups have been established in each participating community enabling students to work on course material together. A bilingual instructor, based in Iqaluit, is also on-hand for assistance and support.

In a territory covering almost two-million square kilometers, Nunavut communities are among the most remote and isolated areas of Canada. The ability to study in one’s home community gives students more educational opportunities that, until now, weren’t available.The availability of on-line courses represents a significant step in enhancing the learning opportunities available to Nunavummiut students.

See the NunatsiaqOnline Press release here.

To access the press release by Nunavit Arctic College, please click here.