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Digital equity: Not just an ‘add on’ but business as usual

Willems, J., Farley, H., Freund, K., Britten, D., Tickner, S., Tucker, S., Garner, J., Campbell, C., Stejar, L., Hinze, M., Hartnett, M., Datt, A. and Nolton, M.ORCID: 0000-0002-9375-1123 (2018) Digital equity: Not just an ‘add on’ but business as usual. In: ASCILITE 2018: Open Oceans: Learning without borders, 25-28 November 2018, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia pp. 565-567.

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Digital equity is a moral and strategic imperative in higher education in Australasia, especially as more universities provide online only offerings of courses and programs. Often, however, equity issues are considered remedially as an ‘add-on’ after the fact in terms of business-as usual in tertiary education institutions. There are many cohorts that may not have access to the digital technologies and connectivity they need to participate fully in higher education including those from low socio-economic (SES) backgrounds, those from regional and remote areas, refugees and incarcerated students. This symposium shines a spotlight on digital equity, capturing both the student and staff experiences, thereby suggesting ways in which equity matters may be considered. The symposium is timed to contribute to the inaugural World Access to Higher Education Day (28 November 2018).

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
Other Information: In M. Campbell, J. Willems, C. Adachi, D. Blake, I. Doherty, S. Krishnan, S. Macfarlane, L. Ngo, M. O’Donnell, S. Palmer, L. Riddell, I. Story, H. Suri & J. Tai (Eds.), Open Oceans: Learning without borders. Proceedings ASCILITE 2018 Geelong (pp.565-567).
United Nations SDGs: Goal 4: Quality Education
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