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Call for Proposals Gender Mainstreaming in Open and Distance Learning

By 10th November 2021No Comments3 min read


Commonwealth of Learning Call for Proposals Gender Mainstreaming in Open and Distance Learning

WHAT: The Commonwealth of Learning Call for Proposals: Gender Mainstreaming in ODL is an open- sourcing across the Commonwealth for initiatives to support innovative work to address gender inequalities in and through ODL. Contracts of up to CAD $15,000 may be awarded to advance gender equality in ODL

WHO: From Commonwealth Member States: government departments of education, universities and technical colleges and their representatives, academic researchers and faculty, gender, diversity offices, teacher institutions, teacher training institutions, non-government organizations, and others looking to innovate for gender equality in ODL and find solutions that can be scaled-up

WHEN: The deadline for submissions is November 22nd, 2021. Up to fifteen recipients will be considered from a wide range of Commonwealth Member States. Activities must be completed and contribution spent by May 31 st , 2022.

HOW: The attached form provides the information that will be evaluated by a team of reviewers who will shortlist proposals and vote together on finalists.

The Commonwealth of Learning Call for Proposals on Gender in ODL can cover a range of activities (developing new or amending existing policies; research, courses, workshops, faculty training, development of materials; developing and delivering an open course, etc.) in the following areas:

Networks/Community of Practice

  • Building and hosting a network of experts on gender equality and feminist perspectives in ODL
  • Policy dialogues on pressing gender issues (e.g. within COVID-19 ODL education responses)


  • Research, training, awareness raising on the gender dimensions of Open and Distance Learning
  • Research and documentation of gendered experiences in post-pandemic online learning settings

Policies, skills, awareness: Making cyberspace a safe learning environment for women and girls

  • Strengthening schools, teachers and parental awareness of online safety for girls
  • Building teachers’ skills in preventing and addressing online safety from a gender perspective
  • Strengthening on-campus (and Open University) gender-based violence policies to address
    technology facilitated violence

Gender mainstreaming capacity in higher education and or skills training institutions

  • Building institutional capacity of higher education to integrate gender equality in open and
    distance learning, including policies, research, resources, faculty awareness and skills

Gender equality / feminist pedagogy in ODL/OER/TEL (curriculum/approaches/content)

  • Developing open education resources which are gender-responsive
  • Building capacity for gender-responsive curriculum development
  • Building capacity for feminist pedagogy in open and distance and online education

Gender equality innovations in skills for work, through ODL

  • Innovations in closing gender gaps in skills training and curriculum

Distributed Open Courses for COL’s learning platforms

  • A MOOC or a Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) on how to mainstream gender
    equality into ODL; or how to make technology enabled learning gender-responsive and inclusive
    Gender equality in environmental education: Identifying and or piloting good practices

 Proposals using the attached template should be emailed to:

***Closing date: November 22, 2021***


Please see below for options to download the Project Proposal forms

Download form as Word document 

Download form as PDF 

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