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Remote Learning and Tech Hacks for Feminist and Queer Studies: Online Resources

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Remote Learning and Tech Hacks for Feminist and Queer Studies [PDF]


List of resources compiled by Dario Valles, IRWGS 2020 ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow

The full event, Creative Pedagogies, that  was a precursor took place on sept 17th and full video can be found here.



The following tools, sites, applications compliment the remote learning tools provided through Columbia University (e.g Zoom, Panopto). This list is a starting point to think collectively about how we could reimage and adapt technologies and other online resources towards queer and feminist pedagogical ends. Feel free to add new tools in the comment section below or share tips and thoughts as you test out these tools in your (virtual) classrooms.


A caveat: Columbia is limited in what software licenses they purchase and offer to faculty out of concerns for student privacy and security. It’s important to recognize how issues of security and privacy may affect the below tools and how you utilize them in individual classrooms. Certain issues are flagged below, but you can also consult with CUIT regarding other questions.


Resources for more, including tutorials:

  • Erika Romero’s Vlog – offering teaching tips, tools, ideas, and resources for college instructors. Includes Youtube Tutorials on LOOM, Kahoot, Imovies and more.
  • Columbia’s DIY media center – The CTL’s DIY Media Production Spaces are recording facilities for instructors interested in creating multimedia to use in their courses. Instructors can use these facilities to create a variety of media, including interactive videos, screencasts, and annotated media.
  • Dario Valles, IRWGS Teaching Fellow, is happy to dialogue more regarding specific ways to use DIY technologies for feminist/queer studies –


Title and Link Description Additional Tips: Advantages Disadvantages



Kahoot is game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes. [Synchronous]


Trial version is limited to multiple choice and true/false questions.


Make sure to add question, select timer and points; can also include images, music.

Can create reports based on answers and track over time


User friendly, interactive, familiar to students.


Can play/compete in groups.



Pay wall – paid subscriptions allow for different forms of question, more players.


Basic (free, 50 players), Pro account (up to 200 players), Premium account (up to 2k player), etc.

Netflix Party



Interactive online film and tv screening. [Synchronous]


Note – Hulu is testing a new Party service also:



To set up:

Download google chrome

Download a Netflix party extension on chrome;

Sign into Netflix account on chrome

Click on film or tv show, then click NP red button on address bar to copy address

Share URL with students so they paste into their chrome address bar (must be signed into the Netflix)



Allow synchronous film screening and engagement opportunities


Easier way to track involvement in film and spur discussion



Limited to Netflix content (vs Kanopy or other services with more educational content.)


Requires Netflix (or Hulu) subscription








Screen and cam recording, best for lectures or presentations with visuals



Useful for students to record their own lectures, presentations and short video messages – including reporting back independent research


Tutorial available on YouTube


Easy to send video to others

More accessible to students (free)

Not linked to Courseworks


Limited editing capability (trim only)


iMovie Video editing; Also able to create audio slideshows to record voice and put images for storytelling via visuals



Excellent for both lecture preparation but also for student use in ethnographic research presentations


Tutorial available on YouTube


Recommended alternative to Panopto

Free for Mac users; easier than more complex film software (Adobe Premier Pro)

Students appear to be more familiar

Only available on Mac


Instagram, Twitter Social media sites for image or text-based interactions

[Asynchronous and Synchronous]


Can create course pages or #hashtags that allow for students to share analysis, findings, ideas with each other and the public (including other scholars)


Can allow students to collect data, explore topics/ideas collectively – co-production of research


For Instagram, can create a central class account with shared password


Relay information about online events, webinars, films, activism instantly


Can curate and introduce students to networks of feminist and gender studies, activism


Security and privacy questions; possibilities for outside harassment



FlipaClip Animation tools that make frame-by-frame animation easy



Useful for relaying back data, storytelling (especially for sensitive subjects or to protect interlocutors)

Can animate over background images (including text)




Able to do hand drawing with finger or compatible with Apple Pencil


Requires some artistic skill for drawing parts







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