Agents of Change: Virtuality, Gender, and the Challenge to by Gabriele Kreutzner, Heidi Schelhowe

By Gabriele Kreutzner, Heidi Schelhowe

One of the main riding forces in the back of the overseas Women´s collage was once the curiosity in altering the conventional collage. In its pursuit of this aim, the projekt vifu (the digital foreign college) mixed the general specialize in gender with a conceptual rigidity on virtuality as a possible inroad to rework and innovate the verified educational process. This assortment offers effects and significant reviews of the vifu as a feminist undertaking designed in style of swap. as well as this, the quantity provides and discusses initiatives which theoretically and virtually combine the recent ICTs into their departure to new horizons in greater schooling and learn and on the related perform a selected sensitivity in the direction of gender as a social type. The authors of this anthology percentage the point of view at the class of gender and ICT-related advancements summed up via "virtuality" as strength instruments for remodeling conventional academia. whereas switch isn't really regarded as a top quality in step with se, every one contribution makes its case for particular different types of "making new". In doing so, additionally they search solutions to the questions of a democratic and socially in charge wisdom construction and distribution within the 21 st century.

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Moreover, the present reform processes contain a number of attractive aspects since they refer to new forms of learning. Against the background of a deindividualizing university bureaucracy promises of more student rights sound quite seductive, even though they are only referred to as consumers' rights. Interesting approaches to cyberfeminism show the potential for transformation through virtual education. At the same time, new technologies facilitate the transcendence of the imaginary community of the nation state.

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