Catherine of Siena Virtual College collaborates with authors from
all the world whose expertise in their field and scholarship are second
to none. This contributes to courses that:
- Provide excellence in inter-disciplinary gender studies that is
based on the best international scholarship available - a scholarship
renowned for its reliability, intellectual rigour, and flexible,
pastorally orientated approach
- Ensure excellence in enculturation of course content by making
it available in a range of social settings and adapted to diverse
local and cultural contexts.
Some of our authors and contributors include Dr. Mary Grey, Dr. Asma
Barlas, Dr. Pat Pinsent, Dr. Leila Ahmed, Karen Armstrong, Virginia
Saldhana, Phebe Beisner, Dr. John Wijngaards and others.
If you are interested in working with us to create a gender studies
course, contact Dr. Aaron Rose-Milavec at Moderator@fuse.net.
The process of designing an online course
The following is a guide for designing online courses for us:
1. A topic is proposed to the Educational Team (abbr: ET) (Moderator@fuse.net).
2. The Author creates a preliminary outline.
3. The ET reviews the preliminary outline. If accepted, the author
prepares the first lesson (text only) with suggestions for a selection
of audio and/or video clips that could be used to enhance the experience.
4. As needed, the ET discusses ways to strengthen the first lesson
with the author.
5. The author prepares lessons two through eight. Our technician
creates a new online classroom and places the lessons in their context.
Suitable pics and exploratory experiences are added.
7. The online course is run with a select group of pioneering participants
who "test drive" the course. The author and technician collaborate
in upgrading all aspects of the learning experience.
8. A scholar in the field reviews the entire course. Some additional
fine tuning may result.
9. The author finalizes the course description, the learning outcomes
anticipated, and the short and long paper required of participants
who wish to obtain a Certificate at the end of the course.
10. Success! The course becomes an official part of the syllabus.
Ideally, the author moderates the course the first three times and
trains an understudy who will become a three to five year, remunerated