Aims and Objectives

The proposal concerns a European partnership project aiming at developing an Intensive, Open and Distance Learning Programme Gendering Cyberspace: Multimedia and Multicultural Genderstudies in Europe using new media and Information and Communication Technologies.

The introduction of new modes of 'open' learning through the use of interactive technologies will allow for interaction between learners and tutors. The proposal concerns an ODL version of an already existing and successful 'on-campus' summer school programme in this area. The ODL version of the summer school should overcome barriers to physical mobility such as financial, social and geographical circumstance.
Because the proposal provides an ODL version and a on-campus version of the same programme a thorough evaluation of the pedagogical and methodological implications involved in both lines of teaching will be possible. This should provide a clear account on how to use and not to use new educational developments in both and ODL and on-campus settings.

A broad dissemination of the results will be provided through the project partners' involvement in other European Women's Studies networks and programme's:

  • NOISE, Network of Interdisciplinary Women's Studies in Europe
  • ATHENA, Advanced Thematic Network in Activities in Women's Studies in Europe
  • AOIFE, Association of Institution for Feminist Research and Education in Europe
Further dissemination of results will be achieved through WINE, the European Network of women's libraries and documentation centres, through national and regional distribution networks, both on-line and traditional, and through the newly launched Next GENDERation Network, a European network of students in the field of Women's Studies and young professionals in the field, which has very close ties to both NOISE and AOIFE. This ensures the dissemination of this ODL partnership project to both the student community and the younger women's networks and organisations outside the universities.

Further objectives

  1. The objective of the proposal is to develop an Intensive, Open and Distance Learning Programme Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Women's Studies in Europe using new media and Information and Communication Technologies.
  2. Furthermore the proposal aims at a thorough evaluation of the educational practice of new media and Information and Communication Technologies in the ODL Programme. The effectiveness of the interactive media will be investigated and compared by the effectiveness of the traditional interaction in on-campus education.
  3. The evaluation will also consider the specific pedagogical and methodological needs of women students in ODL programme's
  4. Furtermore the evaluation will consider specific needs of students from different cultural backgrounds.
  5. The evaluation will result in reports on the use of ICT in transculturally sensitive and user-friendly educational ODL and will be disseminated through several educational and women's studies networks.
  6. The proposal aims at sharing the diverse experiences of the partners with the use of ICT for educational purposes. Because of the geographical spread of the partners some partners experience a disadvantage in the use of ICT while others have gained advantage. This project aims at letting the disadvantaged partners gradually profit from the advanced partners.

  1. The target usergroup for the ODL programme is post-graduate (MA) students from the partner institutions. The course will however also be open to students of this level from other institutions of higher education as well as professionals from the EU and the rest of the world. Participants from Central and Eastern Europe and development countries are especially welcome and special financial support is sought for their participation. This programme is very profitable to students from universi-ties with a lack of tea-ching in the field of Women's Studies. It is also relevant for adult learners in general, and for teachers who wish to re-train in the constantly developing field of Women's Studies. This project tries to meet the needs of regionally marginalized women in the EU. Distance education methods can be particularly helpful to improve higher education for women who often still have financial, social and/or geographical barriers to participate in on-campus education, provided that they can get access to computer equipment. This intensive ODL course is a cost-effective way of reaching over 60 students each year. Students who participate in the course without writing a final paper will only receive a certificate of attendance, the rest will receive 9 ECTS credits.
  2. A thorough evaluation of the used Information and Communications Technologies will be beneficial for the educational community in general and more specific for the women's studies community. The dissemination of the results through several networks ensures the results will reach the intended audience.


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