Gender in Media Education Community of Practice: Call for participants

Date: November 4, 2010
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Following the Gender in Media Education Audit in southern Africa, the GMDC has set up an online Community of Practice (COP) to continue the dialogue and knowledge exchange around integrating gender into media education. We are now seeking to populate this e-community and to begin collecting best practices, lessons learned and/or queries on your experience integrating gender into your teaching. You may submit via our online forms and the dialogue will begin the second week of November.

The GIME COP will be based on the principles of the GMDC: to collect, connect and collaborate on knowledge creation. It will focus on four broad areas: curriculum development, course content, research and institutional gender framework.

The process will be as follows:

Collect: Information (including information gathered in the GIME research), good
practices, course outlines, curricula, assessments, research, etc. will be collected from institutions across southern Africa. A call will be put out to all institutions offering journalism and media education and training to submit information according to thematic areas.

–       Curriculum development
–       Course content
–       Research
–       Institutional gender framework

These will be submitted via the COP online forms. The information will then be circulated to all members of the COP with guiding questions for a discussion to follow.

Connect: After the information has been circulated there will be an online discussion using the GL online chat facility. The moderator will guide the discussion based on questions circulated ahead of time. The discussion will last for 90 minutes. After the online chat the discussion will be summarised.

Collaborate: Once the wiki is published a notice will be sent out to educators across the region so they can comment or contribute. The final document will be uploaded onto a searchable GIME database which will be housed on the GL website.

The GMDC will run a parallel Community of Students (COS) on Facebook. Similar curriculum-linked discussions will happen with students. Lecturers will submit names of students and their email addresses. They will then be invited to join the GMDC Facebook page. The student input will be summarised and included in the final product.

To join the COP, please contact Jennifer Elle Lewis at
To visit the COP webpage, click here.

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