Cooperative Effort Creates Conversational Deg Xinag class by e-Learning
3-credit class has 28 participants age 10-85, 7 course instructors, 5 video sites and 3 telephone sites.
UAF, UAS, and the Iditarod Area School District (IASD) cooperated to develop and implement a Fall 2011 Conversational Deg Xinag class by e-Learning video.
The westernmost language in the Athabascan/NaDene family, Deg Xinag is the language of the Deg Xit’an people whose traditional territory is along the Yukon and Innoko Rivers near their confluence. This 3-credit class has 28 participants age 10-85, 7 course instructors, 5 video sites and 3 telephone sites.
“Teachers” use computers, cameras, video monitors and the internet to interact during class with students. IASD pays the instructors, 6 of whom are elders serving as language resources during class. The course is for UA credit through the UAF-Interior/Aleutions Campus. The sites are Juneau, Anvik, Shageluk, Grayling, Takotna, Fairbanks, Nenana, and Soldotna.