Hello ECI830 classmates! My name is Ainsley. In 2007, my husband and I moved from the suburbs of Toronto to the high arctic – to a small and predominantly Inuit community on the northern tip of Baffin Island, in Nunavut, Canada.
My background is in education. I taught at a high school in the “south” and since moving north I’ve been involved with adult education. I worked for Nunavut Arctic College teaching the Nunavut Teacher Education Program which is delivered in partnership with the University of Regina. Currently, I work for Nunavut’s Department of Education in the Adult Learning division. In this role I have several different projects and programs that I oversee. One of them in particular is what drew me to learning more about educational technology and to the ECI 830 class. This program is the Pathway to Adult Secondary School (PASS) graduation program. It is a new government program that enables Nunavummiut adults to earn their Nunavut high school diploma. The PASS program has been designed so that the students can complete their courses online – which is essential given that the students are spread out across Nunavut where the communities are isolated and accessible only by air. This program facilitates equity in access to high school education for adults, since without access to online learning, these adults would not be able to earn their high school diploma. I am looking forward to learning with all of you and applying this learning to my role as a public servant in Nunavut. Educational technology, as long as our horrendous bandwidth allows it, has the potential to enhance learning by breaking down the geographical barriers that we face.
When I’m not working or doing school work, much of my spare time is taken up by my dog team. Over the past nine years my spouse and I have been building up a team of Inuit Sled dogs. We now have a team of nine dogs; each with its own personality and an endless amount of energy. In addition to dog sledding, I also enjoy many other activities. With mountains, glaciers, fjords and the Arctic Ocean right out my back door, I spend a lot of time camping, backcountry and kite skiing, sea kayaking and exploring new places by snowmobile. With 10 months of snow and ice, I can’t help but enjoy playing in this winter wonderland! Another way that I find to honour my Canadian roots, is by playing on the local men’s hockey team.
I look forward to reading your posts and getting to know a little bit more about you.