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Cal Poly is one of 15 higher education institutions participating in the launch of Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC), a new model of online learning through FemTechNet this fall.

Jane Lehr, an associate Cal Poly professor, explained FemTechNet is a network of scholars, artists and students in fields of technology, science and feminism who collaborate to create technologically innovative projects.

Each participating institution will offer one or more courses, developed within the context of each specific educational setting. Faculty and students will be able to share ideas, resources and assignments through the FemTechNet’s anchor course, Dialogues on Feminism and Technology.

“Cal Poly’s participation in the project can aid the university’s efforts to design the future of educational experiences, particularly the integration of new technologically mediated modes of teaching and learning,” Lehr said.

The American Society of Engineering Education recognized Lehr and two fellow researchers for their study about increasing the number of college women who enroll in engineering disciplines.

She teaches ethnic studies, women’s and gender studies, and liberal arts and engineering studies and is a participant in the DOCC initiative — an alternative to the massive open online course (MOOC) model that professors and universities have more increasingly utilized.

“Cal Poly students have the opportunity to benefit from the broad network of teachers, students and the FemTechNet community in a true ‘learn by doing’ style,” Lehr said. “I am very excited to see what develops from this exciting project.”

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