Unit 4: Diversity, Equity, Access

Facilitators: Lisa Nakamura, Anne Balsamo, Liz Losh

Co-Instructors:  Veronica Paredes

Subtopics:  Race, Gender, Sexuality, Feminist Pedagogy, Praxis of Networking and Mentoring

Design Touchstone:  Wisdom Is Created Through Discussions Over Differences

Goals / Topics:

  • The Dialogic Creation of Knowledge
  • Networking Across Differences
  • Infrastructuring Equity, Access, and Participation

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to articulate the importance of addressing matters of diversity in the creation of online courses
  • Students will be able to discuss the topic of “microaggressions” in the classroom, and select appropriate responses to avoid and neutralized such actions
  • Students will understand the creation and design of a DOCC as a new genre of networked course
  • Students will be able create a collection of distributed resources for a specialized topic-based online course
  • Students will learn how to structure a wikipedia authoring exercise for a specialized topic-based online course


  • Live Dialogue:  Liz Losh, moderated by Lisa Nakamura
    • Talking point:  3 things to have teachers think about when designing courses to be delivered on the web:  How NOT to be sexist and racist when designing web-based courses!
  • Case Study #1:  FemTechNet’s DOCC: “Dialogues on Feminism and Technology”
    • Aims of FemTechNet
    • DOCC 2013 organization, process, and outcomes
    • Critical DOCC pedagogies:
      • Wikistorming
      • Keyword Videos
      • Object Exchange
      • Feminist Mapping
      • Selfie Network
      • Learning Games
  • Weekly Make #1:
    • Wikistorming (facilitated by Veronica Paredes)
      • How To:  Video / Resources on Wikistorming
      • Connected Courses Wikistorming Exercise
  • Weekly Newsletter = New Materials posted on FemTechNet Digest Magazine

Reading / Background Material:

Additional Readings:

Adeline Koh, “Who’s Afraid of Online Education?” collection on Medium.com

Bibliography of Useful Resources about sexism, racism, and harrassment in online environments

  • Balsamo, Anne Marie. Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work. Durham [NC]: Duke University Press, 2011.
  • Blanchette, Jean-Francois, and Deborah G. Johnson. Data Retention and the Panopticon Society: The Social Benefits of Forgetfulness. SSRN Scholarly Paper. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, November 22, 1998. http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=140048.
  • boyd, danah. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, 2014.
  • Citron, Danielle Keats. Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2014.
  • Coleman, Beth. Hello Avatar Rise of the Networked Generation. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011.
  • Creative Interventions Tool Kit for addressing violence without the police http://www.creative-interventions.org/tools/toolkit/
  • Daniels, Jessie. Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and The New Attack on Civil Rights. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.
  • Davis, Simone Weil, and Barbara Sherr Roswell. Turning Teaching inside out: A Pedagogy of Transformation for Community-Based Education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Dibbell, Julian. “Julian Dibbell » A Rape in Cyberspace,” 1998. http://www.juliandibbell.com/articles/a-rape-in-cyberspace/.
  • Duggan, Maeve. “Online Harassment.” Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Accessed October 27, 2014. http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/22/online-harassment/.
  • Englander, Elizabeth K. Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Every Educator Needs to Know. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2013.
  • Fox, D. L, and C Fleischer. “Beginning Words: Toward ‘Brave Spaces’ in English Education.” English Education. 37, no. 1 (2004): 3–4.
  • Fron, Janine, Tracy Fullerton, Jacquelyn Ford Morie, and Celia Pearce. “The Hegemony of Play,” 2007, 309–18.
  • Gajjala, Radhika, and Yeon Ju Oh. Cyberfeminism 2.0. New York: Peter Lang Pub., 2012.
  • Gurak, Laura. Cyberliteracy: Navigating the Internet with Awareness. New Haven, CT: Yale University, 2003.
  • Hardwick, J. “A Safe Space for Dangerous Ideas; A Dangerous Space for Safe Thinking”Hybrid Pedagogy, 2014, http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/journal/safe-space-dangerous-ideas-dangerous-space-safe-thinking/
  • Hinduja, Sameer K. and Justin W. Patchin. Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. 2nd Ed.Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2015.
  • hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge, 1994.
  • Kim, Dorothy, and Eunsong Kim. “The #TwitterEthics Manifesto.” Model View Culture, April 7, 2014. http://modelviewculture.com/pieces/the-twitterethics-manifesto.
  • Levmore, Saul, and Martha Craven Nussbaum. The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010.
  • Losh, Elizabeth. “Bodies in Classrooms: Feminist Dialogues on Technology, Part I.” DML Central. Accessed September 2, 2012. http://dmlcentral.net/blog/liz-losh/bodies-classrooms-feminist-dialogues-technology-part-i.
  • ———. “Learning from Failure: Feminist Dialogues on Technology, Part II.” DMLcentral, August 9, 2012. http://dmlcentral.net/blog/liz-losh/learning-failure-feminist-dialogues-technology-part-ii.
  • ———. “Recasting the Bullying Narrative.” DML Central: Digital Media and Learning, September 25, 2014. http://dmlcentral.net/blog/liz-losh/recasting-bullying-narrative.
  • McMillan Cottom, Tressie. “The Twitter Facts of Life.” Tressiemc. Accessed October 29, 2014. http://tressiemc.com/2014/09/04/the-twitter-facts-of-life
  • Nakamura, Lisa. Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet. New York: Routledge, 2002.
  • ———. Digitizing Race Visual Cultures of the Internet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=220871.
  • Nakamura, Lisa, and Peter Chow-White. Race after the Internet. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Technology and Confidentiality Resources Toolkit   http://tools.nnedv.org//
  • Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other. New York: Basic Books, 2011.
  • Tynes, Brendesha. “Internet Safety Gone Wild? Sacrificing the Educational and Psychosocial Benefits of Online Social Environments.” Journal of Adolescent Research. 22:6, 2007, 575-584.
  • Warnick, Barbara. Critical Literacy in a Digital Era: Technology, Rhetoric, and the Public Interest. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 2002.


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