The Massive Open Online Course on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights prepared by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) just completed more than two years of life (November 2020 to January 2023). The course was created by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights in collaboration with Indigenous experts from around the world as well as Columbia’s CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) team. The Provost's Office awarded ISHR funding to create the MOOC.
Some statistics from the Online Course until January 2023: 5,199 participants from 148 countries, with the highest participation rate from the USA (25%), followed by India (13%) and Canada (9%). 1,466 participants pursued certificates.
Based on the positive feedback received, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights extended the Massive Open Online Course on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights until the end of January 2023.
In the words of one participant, who thanks Columbia and all those who made this online course possible and accessible to diverse populations: “The course has been a useful introduction to the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The course bibliography provides a wealth of resources that will be instrumental in my continual advocacy for the rights of urban Indigenous Peoples, women and human rights defenders. This course needs to reach more Indigenous Peoples as it provides essential information about UNDRIP, free, prior and informed consent ( FPIC) and the international human rights instruments available to us. The course content also opens up possibilities for indigenous peoples and movements to create in their own Indigenous languages and within their own Indigenous knowledge-based frameworks - Indigenous rights protocols, Indigenous FPIC templates and much more for states and non-indigenous agencies and stakeholders to adhere to.”
After the end of the MOOC in its current form on January 31st, 2023, an archive of the course (video lectures and written material) will be available for free at this link
A YouTube playlist of the course media is available here
Also, we have been moving the content to Columbia’s Canvas (Courseworks).