This guide provides resources about integrating feminist pedagogy and technology into online, hybrid, and traditional undergraduate courses. The editors specifically designed the guide to support interdisciplinary topics and fields and to focus on active learning practices in social sciences, the liberal arts, the humanities, and STEM subjects. As the editors design and curate this guide, they keep the following tenets of feminist pedagogy in mind.

In the context of this guide, “online” refers to synchronous and asynchronous online education strategies, as well as any time digital and data tools are used in hybrid and in-person classrooms. Though the guide was created to inform online modalities, over time, the editors have expanded their definition of online education to support more educators who are facing new modern demands and challenges while using digital tools across all classroom modalities.


Feminist Pedagogical Tenets

Connecting to the personal and to communities outside of academia.
Promoting reflexivity.
Concern with materiality (bodies, labor, not just virtual and discursive).
Treating students as agentic co-educators.
Building equity, trust, mutual respect, and support.
Promoting cooperative learning.
Presenting knowledge as constructed.
Examining how gender, intersecting with other social categories, structures our lives, learning, and knowledge production, access to resources and information.
Uncovering the causes of inequality and leveraging resources toward undoing power structures.
Honoring diversity and lived experiences through intersectional approaches.
Considering alternative histories and narratives.
Examining the “why” in addition to the “what”.
Cultivating self-care and boundaries.

Feminist Pedagogy in the Online Environment

Humanizing online teaching/learning.
Creating cultures of care in online classrooms.
Examining (dis)embodiment in virtual teaching/learning.
Using technology intentionally to build communities and enhance learning.

“To teach in varied communities not only our paradigms must shift but also the way we think, write, speak. The engaged voice must never be fixed and absolute but always changing, always evolving in dialogue with a world beyond itself.”

bell hooks
Teaching to Transgress, 11

History

The Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Online Guide came about in August 2020, when in response to COVID-19, Dr. Jacquelyne Thoni Howard and Dr. Clare Daniel were asked to co-chair an online teaching committee to support their colleagues at Newcomb Institute of Tulane University in transferring their shared feminist teaching philosophies to online settings. Using their previous experience in teaching and designing online courses, Daniel and Howard curated the guide to provide their colleagues with a one-stop resource for implementing feminist teaching practices in their online and hybrid courses.

In a matter of days, and after being shared widely on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, the guide reached 6,500 views, indicating a widespread interest among higher education instructors, across a range of fields, in its practical and purposeful presentations of feminist pedagogy online. The sharing of the guide also sparked an opportunity for Daniel and Howard to collaborate with Niya Bond, whose articles about feminist pedagogy had been featured on the guide. In February 2021, the guide moved to a new permanent website and continues to grow as a resource and hub of collaboration. In March 2021, we invited two new co-curators to help shape future directions of this project, Dr. Enilda Romero-Hall and Dr. Liv Newman. Please take a look at our Introduction page to find ways to get involved!


Our Community

Editors

Clare Daniel, Ph.D.
Managing Editor
Newcomb Institute
Tulane University

Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Ph.D.
Managing Editor
Connolly Alexander Institute
for Data Science
Tulane University

Liv Newman, Ph.D.
Managing Editor 
Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching
Tulane University

Niya Bond, M.A.
Advising Editor
Faculty and Learning Production Manager
StraighterLine

Enilda Romero-Hall, Ph.D.
Advising Editor
Learning, Design, and Technology
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Assignment and Article Contributors

Digital Collaborators

Hannah Kline Bartels, Newcomb Institute, Digital Research Intern

Aisha Champagne, Newcomb Institute Graphic Designer

Emma De Leon, Connolly Alexander Institute for Data Science, Data Research Intern

Sam DeMarinis, Connolly Alexander Institute for Data Science / Newcomb Institute, Digital Research Intern

Tess Kleanthous, Newcomb Institute, Digital Research Intern

Madeline Nellis, Newcomb Institute, Information Technology Intern

Zoe Oboler, Newcomb Institute, Digital Research Intern

Emily O’Connell, Newcomb Institute, Digital Research Intern

Aaliyah Randall, Newcomb Institute, Digital Research Intern

Naomi Stoner, Newcomb Institute, Information Technology Intern

Rachel Tabor, Newcomb Institute, Graduate Assistant

Sophie Tanen, Newcomb Institute, Information Technology Intern


Our Scholarship and Media Coverage

The Promise of Pedagogical Play

Niya Bond and Todd Zakrajsek
Inside Higher Ed
March 29, 2023

An Introduction to the Digital Guide: Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Online

Clare Daniel, Liv Newman, Jacquelyne Thoni Howard
Forodonna Conference Keynote Event
March 17, 2023

The Future of Faculty Development Is Feminist

Niya Bond
Inside Higher Ed
April 15, 2022

Using Collaborative Research and Open-Source Methods to Promote Feminist Pedagogy During a Pandemic

Jacquelyne Thoni Howard
Pandemic Methodologies
Candian Historical Association
June 24, 2021

The Uses of Feminist Pedagogy Before, During, and After the Pandemic

Clare Daniel
Faculty Focus
May 3, 2021

How to Embrace Feminist Pedagogies in Your Courses

Enilda Romero-Hall
Association for Educational
Communications & Technologies

April 15, 2021

Feminist Approach

Katie Small
Tulanian:
The Magazine of Tulane University
Spring 2021

A New Guide Focuses on Online Feminist Pedagogy

Mary Lou Santovec
Women in Higher Education
Spring 2021

Newcomb Institute Releases a Guide to Feminist Teaching

Maya Schioppo
Tulane News
September 30, 2020