Call for Proposals Gender Mainstreaming in Open and Distance Learning

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

  • 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: gender@col.org

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

COL_C4P_Proposals-Template_ODL-Gender-Mainstreaming_final

Please see below for options to download the Project Proposal forms

Download form as Word document 

Download form as PDF 

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