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International Online Gender Studies Call for Participation
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Gender Studies Program, University of Missouri - St. Louis
The Gender Studies Program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis is currently seeking international partners from universities abroad interested in designing and implementing international online learning environments for gender studies courses, particularly for an Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies course. We are interested in offering a course that would allow students to interact with their peers around the world by enrolling students from different universities in the same online gender studies course to facilitate internationalization of the campus and community and build cross-cultural perspectives and collaboration. Students would have the opportunity to interact with their counterparts abroad using technology such as discussion board forums, collaborative learning activities and projects, writing assignments, and multimedia in order to complete a rigorous online introduction course in gender studies.
If an Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies course is already offered at the partner university, the course could be co-taught online by professors from both schools. If an Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies course is not yet offered at the partner university but there is interest in making the course available to students, then the course could be taught by the professor from the University of Missouri – St. Louis if needed. All courses offered through the program would be conducted in English and would be asynchronous with the additional option (though it would not be required) of working synchronously using technology such as video conferencing or Skype, time differences permitting.
As part of the project, we are currently in the process of composing an application for the State University of New York Center for Online International Learning Institute (see http://coilcenter.purchase.edu/), a two year fellowship that provides training, support, and a community of practice for designing and implementing international online distributed learning environments. It is our hope that the university or universities that we partner with will put together a team and apply jointly with our team from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in order to facilitate and troubleshoot the program. If you or a colleague knows of anyone or any Women’s and Gender Studies programs or universities abroad that might be interested in learning more about designing and offering an international online gender studies course in conjunction with the Gender Studies program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, please email MonicaSwindle@umsl.edu. You can also view more information about the Gender Studies Program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis on our website at http://www.umsl.edu/~genderstudies.
Dr. Kathleen Butterly Nigro