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Gender-Inclusive Approaches in Technology

Explore how to create and advocate for gender-inclusive technologies to promote equality in society.

Gender-Inclusive Approaches in Technology
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Discover the gender inequalities in technology

Technologies, on the whole, have been designed by and for men and, in some cases, replicate the prejudices and inequalities found in society. This has become even more noticeable as we become more reliant on technology in our daily lives.

On this course, you’ll explore the role gender has historically played within technology and learn how technologies can reinforce gender inequalities.

Justify the need for gender inclusion in technology

Problems exist at every stage of the production of tech products, services and systems, and there are huge disparities between the experiences of men and women in the tech sector.

You’ll examine the processes within tech and dissect how they could be improved by improving gender inclusivity. This will help you in advocating for gender-inclusive technologies within your own organisation.

Apply gender-inclusive tools to your professional and personal life

When engaging with technology, you should know that your needs have been considered by the people who are designing them. This is particularly true when thinking of the needs of trans and non-binary people, who exist as some of the most underserved in society.

You’ll delve into the different stages of development that technology goes through, including design, marketing, and communications. To design gender-inclusive technologies, gender needs to be considered at every stage of development, so you’ll discuss how gender can be taken into account at every stage to help promote equality.

Learn to create and advocate for gender inclusivity

On this course you’ll learn a range of different techniques that will help you to create or advocate for gender-inclusive technologies, learning with each other and hearing the perspectives of some truly incredible people along the way.

What topics will you cover?

  • The role gender has played historically within technology
  • The need for gender inclusion in technology
  • Gender-inclusive design, marketing and communication
  • Gender-inclusive approaches to the product development lifecycle, from user research through to implementation, testing and launch

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Assess the need for gender inclusion in technology now
  • Summarise key elements of gender-inclusive design
  • Explore gender-inclusive approaches to research, design and feedback
  • Reflect on how individual and team biases might impact your work
  • Develop gender-inclusive approaches to data and privacy
  • Apply gender-inclusive design processes in your own context

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for anyone interested in creating or advocating for gender inclusivity in technology development. It will be of particular interest if you’re looking to understand the role of equitable technology in your organisation.

You may also find this course appealing if you’re a student in a technology-based degree such as Computer Science or Design,and want to get a better understanding of gender-inclusive practices.

Who will you learn with?

Hello, I'm Andrew. I'm an artist and writer and co-founder of Feminist Internet, an organisation working to tackle internet inequalities.

Who developed the course?

UAL Creative Computing Institute

The UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI) offers innovative new courses, research opportunities and a public platform to explore computer science and creative practice.

Feminist Internet

Feminist Internet is a collective of designers, academics and activists that aims to disrupt inequalities in internet products and services by educating and equipping the people who build them and use them. They do this by bringing together technology, intersectional feminism and creative practice to make tools that provide real solutions.

About this ExpertTrack

Learn how to create and advocate for gender inclusion, anti-racism, and diverse innovation in technology development.

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