The Pennsylvania State University DOCC

FemBot Collective launched FemTechNet, which is a global network of hundreds of scholars, students and artists who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science and feminism in a variety of fields including Science, Technology, & Society (STS); Media and Visual Studies; Art; Women’s, Queer, and Ethnic Studies. The network has been actively building teaching and learning resources at the FemTechNet Commons ( for distributed educational leadership in courses offered from September-December, 2013. Gender, Art & STEM is a node in this collaboration, the first Distributed Online Collaborative Course (DOCC) in higher education. The design of this DOCC builds on two key notions: (a) that expertise is distributed within networks; and (b) that learning in a digital age is fundamentally collaborative and participatory. This course is a feminist rethinking of education that models technologically-enhanced learning through feminist principles and methods.

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This course is a cutting-edge global course on G-STEAM. It is “nodal” course within a Distributed Online Collaborative Course (DOCC). While having our own local class, we have the opportunity to collaborate with 15 universities to build knowledges and transdisciplinary creativity on issues important to the participants in the course.

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Karen Keifer-Boyd

Lead Facilitator: Karen Keifer-Boyd, PhD, Professor of Art Education & Women's Studies
Office: 210 Arts Cottage, School of Visual Arts, College of Arts & Architecture
Contact: Phone:  +1 814.863.7312      
Office hours: Email to make an appointment



Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor

Facilitator: Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, PhD, Associate Professor of Women's Studies & English, College of Liberal Arts

Phone:+1 814.867.0367





Eileen Trauth

Facilitator: Eileen M. Trauth, PhD, Professor of Information Sciences & Technology, Women's Studies, International Affairs, Labor Studies & Employment Relations, Management & Organization, College of Information Sciences & Technology.

Phone:+1 814.865.6457




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