Abstract: This workshop examines geographies of student engagement across two continents detailing a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) course, linking women and gender studies (WGST) students and faculty at a State University in NY with WGST and linguistics students/faculty at a State University in Russia. The COIL course, Sex and Gender Across Cultures: Brockport, NY—Novgorod, Russia, integrated blended technologies in teaching sex/gender representations as understood in the US, Russia, and selected world cultures. Course topics considered sex and gender constructs as reproduced in the politics of work, family, religion, reproductive freedoms, and sexual identity. Course delivery formats included synchronous video-conferencing; asynchronous blogging; shared lecture-capture; and video-recorded, student-produced public service announcements where students in each country reported on a variety of course-specific WGST research topics. This workshop implements shifting geographies of technology and examines questions of gendered labor, economy, and disciplinary migration encountered within a COIL course. How intercultural exchange transformed the blended environment, and how COIL courses effectively engage student voices will be addressed. Ways electronic medium influenced student interaction and learning across continents will be emphasized.
Dr. Barbara LeSavoy is the director of Women and Gender Studies (WMS) at The College at Brockport. Her teaching, research, and publication areas include women’s global human rights, gender/popular culture, intersectionality/educational equity, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. Dr. LeSavoy chairs Rochester—Novgorod Linkages Women’s Partnership and is lead faculty for SUNY’s NEH Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project. Dr. LeSavoy chairs Rochester AAUW College University Partnership and the Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues and is a founding member of the Greater Rochester Consortium of Women and Gender Studies Faculty. She is the recipient of Brockport’s 2012 – 2013 Academic Advising Award and Outstanding Service to Students Award.
Ann Giralico-Pearlman is an instructional design specialist for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT) and an adjunct faculty member at The College at Brockport. As an instructional design specialist, she works with faculty/staff to develop or redesign courses for online, hybrid, and media enhanced instruction. In her role, she focuses on best-practice pedagogy and andragogy models, creating social interaction in virtual environments, and developing effective course delivery and assessments measures.