Photovoice Method

This module provides an overview of what Photovoice is, the steps in the Photovoice process as well as two examples of projects focused on northern issues in Canada.

Audience: Students in or interested in Indigenous Studies
Course or Module: Module
Language: English
Approx. Time to Complete: 2 hrs.
LMS: D2L/Brightspace and Moodle

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Welcome to the Photovoice Method Module!

This module is made possible by a partnership between (name of course host institution) and the Manitoba Flexible Learning HUB. The HUB is a resource for the development of fully online courses, blended learning modules, and learning resources.

Course Summary

Photovoice is a participatory research method that can be initiated at the community level and carried out by community members with very little cost. This module provides an overview of what Photovoice is, the steps in the Photovoice process as well as two examples of projects focused on northern issues. I hope you will also take advantage of the links provided to explore the possibilities of using Photovoice as a research tool. It can be a fun, creative and engaging way to include the voices of community members. The photos and the accompanying stories may be useful as one component of a larger research project, at the beginning of a project to determine a direction, to create a public photo exhibit, or be included as part of a report or newsletter. The visual image and the stories that go with that image can be a powerful way to get a message across and to initiate dialogue.

Module Level Learning Objective

To introduce learners to the Photovoice method of qualitative research in relation to Aboriginal and northern issues.

Module Level Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the Photovoice research process.
  • Describe how Photovoice is in keeping with decolonizing research methodologies.
  • Demonstrate the steps and processes involved when using Photovoice in community based research.
  • Conduct a Photovoice project focused on an issue of local significance.


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