Feminist MOOC's

This year we celebrate Women's Day March 8 with this blog post about MOOC's that are somehow related to women and gender studies. Women's lives and rights as a concept is interdisciplinary in itself, and are an increasingly common focus of research - also in medicine and health.

The concept MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has had an big impact in recent years. This means that universities around the world offer freely available, often free, web-based training at a higher level. Everyone can participate, you just need to register. Right now KI Center for Gender and Center for Global Health, offers the MOOC Gender, Health and Rights, which is based on Stanford University's own course International Women's Health and Human Rights


The mini academy Gender, Health and Rights is open to everyone! Image from ki.se

The course has already been going on for a few weeks, but it's not too late to join. Check out the exciting topics yet to come!

  • Women in War and Refugee Situations (week 11)
  • Women’s Quest to Escape Poverty (week 12)
  • Aging and the End of Life (week 13)

You may also be interested in global health and society in a broader perspective, if so, try the MOOC How to Change the World. There, you will learn how to tackle problems regarding sex and gender, but also poverty, the environment, technology, healthcare, education and activism, as part of efforts to understand how to initiate positive changes.

The development of the MOOC has also emerged a new version of, or rather an alternative to, MOOC, called DOCC, Distributed Open Collaborative Course. DOCC is aiming to make education less hierarchical. The founders FemTechNet say they want to challenge the MOOC way of thinking when it comes to the teacher's role, the economic model, the value of the word "massive" and various other aspects. They want to make the training more personal and individualized, with smaller classes and more interaction and collaboration. Their latest DOCC, Dialogues on Feminism and Technology, was arranged 2014, but keep an eye on their website!

The difference between MOOC and DOCC


Image produced by Tony Germano for Anne Balsamo, 2012. CC BY-NC-SA license.

There are also several universities around the world that has begun to experiment with ideas about DOCC's

It is interesting to see how people start to experiment with the MOOC-concept, and it is important to actively work to prevent unequal conditions between the sexes (or other equality issues). According to an article 9 of 10 participants on the edX's first course Circuits and Electronics were men, and even though the topic itself might have been traditionally "male", everyone will gain from recruiting and marketing the courses more equally.

KIB, CLK (Centrum för Lärande och Kunskap) and KI has so far produced three MOOC's, two were given in 2014, one is going on right now and one is released later this spring. All available MOOC's at KI

Here are some statistics from the KI MOOC's

Randomized Controlled Trials in Health Care

Behavioral Medicine

In total 7714 registered participants.

In total 18 058 registered participants.

Explore Statistics with R

In total 38 212 registered participants.

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