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 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and Transnational Feminisms courses. We are interested in offering a course(s) 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. Courses offered through the program would be conducted in English and would be asynchronous with the additional option (of working synchronously using technology such as video conferencing or Skype, time differences permitting.
As part of the project, we are in the process of composing an application for the State University of New York Center for Online International Learning Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities (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. In order to be included on our application and have access to and benefit from the fellowship, we would need at a minimum a Letter of Intent to Participate and a CV from the faculty member, and preferably also a letter of institutional support from your department head, dean, or international studies department, and a syllabus for your course if available. We would prefer these materials as soon as possible so that we can revise our application as necessary but no later than April 25th in order to meet the COIL deadline of April 29th. Inclusion on our COIL application is not a prerequisite for partnering with us on this project, but it is encouraged and would certainly be beneficial for both organizations.
If you or a colleague know of anyone 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.
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