About the Initiative
The Fostering Women to STEM MOOCs (FOSTWOM) aims to use the inclusive potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to propose Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects free of stereotype on gender skills. We want to help to raise the number of female students and learners attending courses in STEM, both, as enrolled students in Higher Education, and as STEM MOOCs’ participants.
Good practices in videos and MOOCs’ design that can give girls a sense of belonging when enter STEM areas.
Careful choice of language and examples that mitigate the effects of stereotyping about gender-based STEM ability.
Encourage girls to pursue STEM careers based on role models and relevant real-world situations.
The FOSTWOM project will design and produce three MOOCs:
One bridging STEM MOOC
One bridging STEM MOOC (Intro to Machine Learning) designed for secondary and undergraduate students and teachers on a relevant application of Math and/or Physics (piloting August 2021; coming January 2022)
One graduate STEM MOOC
One graduate STEM MOOC (Intro to Human-Computer Interaction) produced and designed among all partners, taking into consideration the main expertise of each partner’s teams (piloting January 2022).
One transversal attractive MOOC
One transversal attractive MOOC aiming to analyse existing STEM MOOCs within the consortium through a gender balance perspective intended to instructional designers and teaching staff involved in the development of STEM MOOC contents (piloting September/October 2021).