Gendering Cyberspace is a European partnership project aiming at developing an Intensive, Open and Distance Learning Programme Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Women's Studies 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 project especially builds on the experiences gained in organising the yearly NOISE Summer School since 1994. The ODL course that will be developed as one of the main outcomes of the proposed project will be closely linked to the NOISE Summer School. The theme Diaporic Identities and Medi@ted Cultures will be explored from the perspective of giving meaning to and theorize about 'living in a digital society'.
This ODL course will mainly focus on digitalized and visualized teaching materials, at the same time using ICT as a tool in teaching Women's Studies to virtual students, as well as reflecting on the process and the meaning of this use of new information and communication technologies for teaching and learning, and for contemporary society as such. Because the proposal provides an ODL version and a on-campus version of the same programme a thorough evaluation of the educational implications involved in both lines of teaching will be possible. This should provide a clear impact on how to use and not to use new educational developments in both and ODL and on-campus settings. In the process of developing an on-line Open and Distance learning course, the project aims at setting up a long term partnership between the participating institutions, with emphasis on, during the first year, the identification of new partners, specifically in Southern and Eastern Europe, for continuing future activities. By means of this project we hope to work towards the development of a European long distance MA degree programme in Multimedia and Multicultural Genderstudies. The partnership set up in the proposed project and the course that will be developed during the project period (2 years) will function as the basis for this MA degree programme.