Master of Arts in Indigenous Language and Culture Education

Distance Learning Program

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Contact: Director Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, (808) 932-7414.

Degree Level: Master's

Enrollments Fall 2012-Present: The current cohort enrolls six students; all are expected to graduate in Sprng 2014. The program sustains one cohort at a time.

Brief History of the MA ILCE as a DL Program: The MA in Indigeous Language and Culture Education (MA ILCE) is a core program of the College of Hawaiian Language Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani. Its role is to prepare Hawaiian immersion educators for Hawaiʻiʻs Hawaiian language immersion schools. Phase I of the MA ILCE offers a graduate level certificate qualifying students for teacher licensure. Phase II focuses on applied research of indigenous educational issues. Student cohorts complete both phases of the program as a distance program in three years. The program accepted its first students in Fall 2007. It was learned in Spring 2011 that the MA ILCE had not undergone substantive change review; the program immediately addressed this deficiency.The MA ILCE received WASC substantive change approval on November 4, 2011.

Platforms for Delivery: The program begins with a five-week onsite summer session. Subsequent content and theory course work is delivered via HITS and PolyCom, along with two web-based programs: Moenahā, the program's culture-based curriculum database, and Laulima, the UH system's online learning management system.

Integration of Program Students into the Life/Culture of UH Hilo: The initial on-campus experience bonds students and faculty; interaction continues in the live HITS and PolyCom courses. Students living on other islands are welcome to come to campus to participate in on-campus activites, but are not required to do so.

Campus Support for Instructional Technology: UH Hilo's Office of Campus Technology provides a full range of technological services to support programs, as well as faculty workshops during the academic year. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs offers online and one-on-one faculty training in online course development and delivery. The Distance Learning Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty, one IT staff, and the campus DL Coordinator, is charged with examining and recommending "institutional policies and practices for supporting the design, development, implementation and evaluation of distance learning program and course offerings with a focus upon quality and connection to the mission of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo."

The University's Strategic Plan 2011-2015 includes priority actions 3.2 "Upgrade the university’s technology infrastructure including computer laboratories and classrooms, wireless broadband across all areas of the campus, and new technologies to better support student learning, teaching effectiveness, and research"; and 4.5 "Improve higher education access, outreach and support for non-traditional and underserved populations through, but not limited to, select, high-quality distance learning programs island-wide and beyond...."

Student Services and Library Services Available toProgram Students: The Division of Student Affairs offers online and oncampus students a full range of services; all offices are accessible by phone and email, and all offices have information-rich webpages. The Mookini Library provides both face-to-face and online assistance to students in use of both print and digital resources.

Faculty Participation in Curriculum Development, Teaching, and Assessment: All courses are developed, taught, and assessed by program faculty. During the academic year, faculty meet once a month for day-long reviews of curriculum, student learning, and student success.

Comparability of Online and Face-to-Face Courses: Providing access to students on all islands, MA ILCE utilizes a blended learning environment with courses taught uniquely as face-to-face in the on-campus summer experience (13 credits hours) and as distance learning courses via HITS and PolyCom (18 credits). Online instruction and course management, i.e., the programʻs Moenahā and UHʻs Laulima, serve to optimize course delivery.

  • Sample Syllabi
    • KED 642 Hawaiian Medium Field Experience I Seminar
    • KED 660 Indigenous Culture-based Education

Retention and Graduation Rates: Retention and graduation rates are monitored continuously. Cohort 1: three enrolled in 2007, two graduated in 2008. Cohort 2: one student continued from cohort 1 and eight new students enrolled in 2008; all nine graduated in 2010.
Cohort three: five enrolled in 2010, four graduated in 2012. Cohort four: six entered in 2012 and all are expected to graduate in 2014.

Program Assessment: Learning Outcomes, Curriculum Map, Assessment Plan, Assessment Results: The MAILCE has a fully developed assessment system in place, including program learning outcomes, curriculum map, and assessment plan. An example of change in pedagogy resulting from assessment: faculty analyzed the challenges that students were having with the capstone papers for each course and designed an outline that specifies and scaffolds the instruction and practice of research, writing and presentation skills throughout the program.

Contracts, Memoranda of Agreement with External Organizations: The program has a memorandum of agreement with the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium that formalizes relations between member institutions for the purpose of sharing educational resources, such as PolyCom courses.