FemTechNet Troops Set to Storm Wikipedia

Nina Liss-Schultz, an editorial fellow at Mother Jones, has a nice clean summary of a most intriguing bit of coordinated learning taking place in the fall. FemTechNet, a self-described network of feminist scholars and educators, is planning as part of its “Dialogues on Feminism and Technology” DOCC course to massage the male-dominated world of Wikipedia editors.

The course is being offered at more than a dozen schools including The New School and The CUNY Graduate Center. FemTechNet’s description of the course reminds once again that the kind of revolution tipping the print media industry is also in full swing at the higher learning end:

Participants in the Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) — indeed, anyone with a connection to the Web — can access the video dialogues and are invited to discuss them by means of blogs, voice threads and other electronic media. As the course meets, students and teachers can plug in and join the conversation. Through the exchanges and the participants’ input, course content for the DOCC will continue to grow. From this process emerges a dynamic and self-reflective educational model.

The course’s “Storming Wikipedia” assignment will involve participating students working together to, per Liss-Schultz’s item, “collaboratively write feminist thinking into the site.”