Tribal and First Nations

Improving Educational Opportunities and Results in Tribal Communities
SilkWeb is the only Native-Owned and Operated custom e-learning company in Indian Country that is qualified to provide learning management system, custom e-learning, and off-the-shelf courseware to Native American and First Nations communities and organizations.

Native American, Woman Owned Business

SilkWeb is a Native American, Woman-Owned Business based in Arizona. Laurel is Húŋkpapȟa Lakota and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota. She has a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology.  Laurel has been in the education technology industry for over 20 years, with much of her work focused on delivering quality learning services to diverse communities.

Client Spotlight: Lamar & Associates

SilkWeb served as a sub-contractor working on Articulate development on this project for Walter Lamar, the founder and CEO of Lamar & Associates. The goal of this project was to provide training and technical assistance to support tribes in preventing prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and diversion, as well as raising awareness about Drug Endangered Children. Our client contacted SilkWeb to help them develop an e-learning component as part of the program. SilkWeb developed interactive lessons, learning activities, and quizzes using Articulate software.

Our Instructional Design Methodology

 SilkWeb takes a creative approach and seeks to incorporate a diverse and culturally aware design that makes our products unique and catered to Indian Country. SilkWeb understands the science behind learning and how the mind works and we use this knowledge to combine the scientific with the cultural traditions of those in our community.

All learning is a cycle and involves distinct steps that take us from understanding to application. Using the Lakota medicine wheel, SilkWeb integrates five key principles of learning to design effective training and experiential education opportunities.

SilkWeb’s instructional design methodology is a framework that combines science, culture, and technology into a learning experience. People learn by following examples, replicating or mimicking behaviors, and being able to apply knowledge in real situations. SilkWeb's custom instructional design method provides your learners with immediate access to relevant, usable content. Learners have direct access to what they need to learn and can apply new knowledge right away.

SilkWeb's microlearning approach introduces learners to small pieces of content that build on each other. Spacing out learning has been shown to help learners grasp new content faster than traditional training and has the bonus of improving knowledge retention. Learners also enjoy a high level of flexibility that matches their work or family schedule and learning style.

SilkWeb is 8a Certified!

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