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

Julie Willems, Helen Farley, Katie Freund, Darren Britten, Sue Tickner, Sue Tucker, Jane Garner, Chris Campbell, Lucia Stejar, Meredith Hinze, Maggie Hartnett, Ashwini Datt, Marnie Nolton

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper


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).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Oceans
Subtitle of host publicationLearning without borders. Proceedings ASCILITE 2018 Geelong
Number of pages567
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2018 - Deakin Univeristy, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018 (program)


ConferenceAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2018
Abbreviated titleOpen oceans: learning without borders
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