Unpacking the Implications of Open Educational Resources for Indigenous Education: A Postcolonial Data Science Perspective

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Abstract: The rapid expansion of open educational resources (OER) has the potential to revolutionize educational access and opportunities for marginalized communities, including Indigenous populations. This research article examines the implications of OER implementation in Indigenous education through a postcolonial lens, utilizing data science methodologies. By exploring the intersection of OER, Indigenous knowledge systems, and postcolonial theories, this study seeks to shed light on the effective utilization of OER in culturally responsive and decolonized educational practices.

This article begins by providing a comprehensive overview of the historical and current challenges faced by Indigenous communities in accessing quality education. It highlights the role of OER as a potentially transformative solution by increasing access to relevant and culturally appropriate educational resources. However, the implementation of OER in Indigenous education is not without its challenges. Issues of cultural appropriation, power dynamics, and the misalignment of Western-centric curriculum with Indigenous knowledge systems must be carefully navigated to ensure a respectful and empowering educational experience.

To address these challenges, this study proposes the application of data science methodologies to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of OER in Indigenous education. By examining usage patterns, engagement levels, and learning outcomes, data science can provide valuable insights into the adaptation and improvement of OER materials for Indigenous learners. Furthermore, data science techniques offer opportunities for the co-creation and validation of OER resources by Indigenous communities themselves, allowing for the incorporation of local knowledge and perspectives.

Through an interdisciplinary approach that combines education, data science, and postcolonial theory, this research article aims to contribute to the growing body of literature on OER and Indigenous education. By critically examining the implications of OER adoption in Indigenous contexts, this study seeks to inform policy and practice that promotes educational equity, cultural preservation, and self-determination.

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