At the end of this course, you will be able to:
To date, there are no other MOOCs on Dongba writing, nor similar online courses related to the culture of the Naxi ethnic group in China.
The Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (Inalco, France), the University of Geneva, and the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU, China), have committed themselves, through an inter-university agreement, to this highly original project, namely the design, development and dissemination of a MOOC on the initiation to Dongba script. The idea behind this project is both to offer an introduction to what is presented as "the last pictographic script in use in the world", threatened with extinction, and to contribute to its preservation.
This MOOC offers an introduction to the Dongba script and to the Naxi culture. It allows you to understand the issues related to the transmission of this contemporary pictographic script and to the culture of the Naxi people, whose characteristics continue to make an impression.
This MOOC is spread over a total of 9 weeks (including an additional week to conclude your learning) and comprises 7 modules that you can follow at your own pace.
During each module, you will be introduced to the Dongba script through content and pedagogical activities, while becoming aware of the cultural traits of the Naxi ethnic group.
Each module introduces you to the Dongba characters studied through three specific themes presented in short pedagogical videos. After each video, interactive training exercises (not graded) are offered to allow you to check your understanding, to explore complementary Dongba characters and to practice writing the main Dongba characters encountered.
Summary exercises, a cultural section and a discussion forum will allow you to consolidate your learning, to discover complementary aspects linked to Dongba writing and to co-construct your knowledge with other MOOC participants.
The weekly graded quizzes at the end of each module will allow you to validate your success and to later obtain the badge of successful completion of the course.
There are no prerequisites for this course. A knowledge of Chinese characters would be welcome.
This course is intended for anyone (students, researchers, general public...) wishing to :
- discover the Dongba ictographic writing and the Naxi culture.
- take part in the preservation of a world cultural heritage and in intercultural dialogue.
This course offers you the possibility to obtain a free badge of successful completion if you pass the different weekly quizzes at the end of each module (from module 2 to module 7).
If your overall score is greater than or equal to 50% (correct answers), you will obtain the badge of successful completion of the MOOC.
Please note that this MOOC does not allow you to obtain an authenticated certificate.
Collaborators with Inalco (France) in the development of the MOOC:
With the University of Geneva's School of French Language and Civilisation (ELCF) and the University of Geneva's House of Languages (MdL)
With the Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Language Resources (ACLR)
For the valuable contributions they brought to the realization of this MOOC:
Lijiang dongba wenhua yanjiu yuan 丽江东巴文化研究院
You are free to:
Under the following terms: