Welcome :) mehmetaergun 16:33, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
I'm really happy to see this department! It's such a rich and urgent area of debate, discovery, learning.. Perhaps this department's participants could help to facilitate discussion within the wider Wikiversity community about women's (and, obviously, human) issues - it immediately recurs to me that one female participant has already expressed her frustration at perceived sexist language being used in the concept of the "education of man". But there's also so much more to discuss - all the best with your work (and if there's anything I can do to help, please don't hesitate to ask). Cormaggio 11:13, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
- Hi :) Thank you very much for your comments. And I strongly agree with you that the department may act both as a learning tool and as a tool to address issues of sexism that we encounter around. Women's Studies departments usually act as both political and educational institutions in the real life as well. As per your offer of help, I would always welcome any promotion of the department as I need people to take over the proposed and suggested courses :) mehmetaergun 18:33, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
Just a reminder to anyone here who might be interested: the Wikipedia article Women's studies is, as of this writing, a near-stub and hostile to its topic. Help there would be welcome. - Jmabel 20:55, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
"I think that academic learning needs to happen face to face, in a room with 'others', with whom one has to engage physically. This university as factory on the internet is seriously problematic. Let us think of Donna Haraway's brilliant thoughts on the 'god-trick' of seeing everything from nowhere, and the domination of such phantasies of mastery (phantasies with material effects: militarization, colonialism, empire-building)."
(source) -comment from 220.127.116.11
- From Wikiversity: "Wikiversity is a centre for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities. Its primary priorities and goals are to:
- *Create and host a range of free-content, multilingual learning materials/resources, for all age groups in all languages
- *Host scholarly/learning projects and communities that support these materials"
- "Face to face" learning is expensive and not accessible for everyone. Materials used in face-to-face learning are proprietary / copyrighted / cannot be distributed freely by anyone / everyone and almost always in English (an issue which should be tackled later on, as we will have more materials and people, hopefully). Books, especially text books are grossly over-priced. I personally wanted this department as a counter-measure to the academia's resistance against making material free to use and distribute. I believe such a department is not only a good opportunity to teach a broader public about women's issues, but once truly initiated, it will also be a great resource for instructors who are looking for teaching methods, materials, class exercises and so on. Thanks mehmetaergun 16:39, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
- We are trying to develop ways to allow Wikiversity participants to interact using audio and video. In the future we will not just be limited to text. --JWSchmidt 20:05, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
"Schools 'should teach feminism in the classroom'"
The name of the department should either be changed to something along the lines of "Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies" (WGSX) or potentially split into subprograms to reflect diversity of content. Courses on Gender Studies, LGBT Studies, Feminist Studies, and Sexuality Studies are often stuck under the label "Women's Studies" though many address issues outside the scope of a single gender identity. Nicoleta 05:11, 25 October 2011 (UTC)