Online teaching tools

MOOC: Cultural Competence - Aboriginal Sydney


At the heart of this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), is the theme that Sydney always was and always will be Aboriginal Land, yet despite this often the Aboriginal presence, past and present, is invisible to non-Indigenous people. This course will provide students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge, experiences and understanding of Aboriginal Sydney whilst also developing cultural competence capabilities which will help them relate the key concepts to their own contexts.

Kinship Module

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations map

The Kinship Module is an innovative, interactive learning tool providing an engaging overview of traditional Aboriginal Kinship structures. It can be used across all levels of teaching as well as by individuals in the initial stages of their cultural competence journey.

The Kinship Module was developed in response to a need for teaching tools which assist in developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and improving cultural competence. The Kinship Module is based on an interactive face-to-face presentation developed by Lynette Riley – a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman and Lecturer for the Faculty of Education – to help people understand traditional Kinship structures and the impact of the breakdown of these structures through colonisation practices.

Find out more about the Kinship Module.


Artwork by Patricia King

This learning and teaching resource was specifically designed to facilitate culturally safe interviewing and case history-taking skills in students studying to be health professionals, but can be adapted for a diverse range of disciplines.

Find out more about Byalawa.