May 1, 2013

Here is the info graphic, hot off the press, for the DOCC 2013, the pedagogy project that FemTechNet is producing for Fall 2013.

MOOCvsDOCC InfoGraphic April 2013

MOOCvsDOCC InfoGraphic April 2013

Image produced by Tony Germano for Anne Balsamo, 2012.

Use with permission under a CC BY-NC-SA license.


Liz Losh continues her discussion of the FemTechNet effort with an interview with my collaborator, Anne Balsamo

“In an interview that complements my earlier interview with Juhasz, Balsamo reflected on the efforts involved in creating expansive networked projects that engage many participants in different contexts and roles.  The FemTechNet project — which was first conceptualized by Juhasz and Balsamo during friendly conversations in early 2011 — has an ambitious objective:  to create a course focused on the topics of feminism, science and technology, offered simultaneously around the globe by feminist teachers in different locations, supported by a shared network of learning materials, of digital resources, of participants, and of pedagogical activities.  This high-profile venture takes shape as a Massively Collaborative Online Learning Experiment:  it is a feminist manifestation and reinvention of a MOOC.  The risky but exciting “learning experiment” takes form as follows:  During September — December 2013, instructors around the world offer courses at their home institutions on the topic of “Feminist Dialogues on Technology and Science.”  The courses are created using a shared set of learning resources:  a series of eight videotaped “dialogues” among prominent feminist scholars of science and technology; a repository of digital learning materials; asynchronous online conversations; and collaborative activity called “Storming WikiPedia” — designed to write feminism and feminists back into the collective digital archive of important knowledge.  Students can enroll in courses at a particular institution for credit; or they can arrange to take an independent study elsewhere with a supportive faculty member; or they can participate as self-directed learners, or as “drop-in” learners.  The goal is to engage one hundred feminist teachers and thousands of students around the world.”

I am hereby inviting you to a global project to activate networks of feminist artists and scholars of science and technology.

Working with Anne Balsamo (at USC), and many others, we seek international participants in a linked set of courses tentatively called: “Feminist Dialogues on Technology” to be held in the between September and December of 2013.

The networking project is currently called:  FemTechNet.

The first phase of this project is to activate the networks for the purposes of creating the first version of a Massively Distributed Collaborative Learning Experiment (MDCLE) on the topic of feminism and technology to be offered between September and December of 2013.

We are seeking around 10-20 international partners who are willing and able to teach one of the networked courses during the latter months of 2013.  There are many details to plan to facilitate and establish the technological and institutional infrastructure for such a radical endeavor, however we are certain that the time has come for a bold initiative that manifests the histories and continued relevance of feminist work in science and technology.

We seek your creative contribution to ongoing discussions and to help us engage embodied courses across the globe.  Please forward this invitation to your broadest network of feminist colleagues.  If you are willing, when you send the invitation, please add your name as one of the contact people for the project

Conversations and small group meetings (both virtual and face-to-face) are being organized to plan the effort. These and other project announcements and updates on FemTechNet activities will be posted and archived on the digital platform:

Please visit the site to join the FemTechNet list-serv.  Once you join, we would ask you to post an introduction to yourself and your interests. Please find a longer and more detailed description of the project attached as a PDF. FemTechNet LONG FORM invite May 2012