FOSTWOM | Massive Open Online Course “Fostering women’s participation to STEM through MOOCs”.

FOSTWOM Project, a consortium between Técnico Lisboa (ULisboa), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Conservatoire National Des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), METID Politecnico di Milano (METID), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Colégio Amor de Deus (CAD) and I.I.S Benedetto Castelli (I.I.S.Castelli), co-funded by ERASMUS+ Programme, presents the Massive Open Online Course “Fostering women’s participation to STEM through MOOCs”.

This online course aims to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality in STEM fields and presents a tool for creating gender-balanced MOOCs.


Course Description

Gender stereotypes and under-representation of women in STEM affect the way girls and young women perceive themselves, and it is one of the reasons for their limited presence in the STEM field.

Believing that MOOCs and gender-balanced educational content in general can be part of the solution, in this MOOC, through the voices from the field of teachers, instructional designers, visual designers, students, and people who work for a more inclusive environment in the STEM field we will understand how to build a more inclusive environment.

In this online course, we present a toolkit created in the frame of FOSTWOM Erasmus+ project to develop MOOCs according to a gender conscious perspective with a particular focus on: Content and storytelling to be used, gender-aware language, gender-aware use of images and visual materials. The aim is to offer a practical tool to all people willing to create educational content in a gender-conscious perspective.

This MOOC will run in Polimi Open Knowledge platform.


Target group

  • MOOC managers and Educational community members
  • Technical staff members from Higher Educational institutions involved in MOOCs
  • Teachers interested in gender equality issues

Course start date: 25th October 2021

Course end date: 13th February 2022

Course length: 3 weeks

Total workload of the course: 6 hours

More information and registration.