n.paradoxa’s MOOC (Mass Open Online Course): A Case Study in Feminist Online Pedagogies
This essay explores how I built the independent connectivist MOOC (mass open online course), https://nparadoxa.com, on feminism and contemporary art, as a form of resistance to the reduction of feminist-orientated courses in art education. In this essay, I explore the complex terrain within which the MOOC sits. Distinguishing different types of MOOC and approaches to learning about art, I discuss how a cMOOC or DOCC has the capacity to offer open access forms of feminist self-education which can intervene in the dominant paradigms of education. I also demonstrate that, despite the risk of xMOOCs becoming a neoliberal replica of profit-maximisation and instrumental learning, online learning can, when designed with feminist principles, support connectivity and generate new ways of working promoting life-long learning and socialist educational goals.
KeywordsFine art Feminism Women artists MOOC cMOOC xMOOC
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