- Extend the current set of the questions in the evaluation forms with the points like “The lecture uses gender-sensitive language” and “The examples provided by the lecture do not provoke gender stereotypes”.
Gender-sensitive language aims at acknowledging “gender equality in written and spoken language”. (http://eige.europa.eu/rdc/thesaurus/terms/1215). At the Department of Information Systems gender-sensitive language is not consistently used by lecturers and in institutional communication. Moreover, a lack of awareness about the value of using gender-sensitive language could be observed, leading to a hostile attitude towards this topic and the argument that the change to gender-sensitive language requires a lot of resources and it not worth it. It is important to design inclusive strategies to influence the discourse on gender-sensitive language, focusing on communicating its value. It is important to avoid a situation when people feel forced to use gender-sensitive language, but rather transmit the reasons for using it.