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

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Abstract

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 publicationProceedings ASCILITE 2018
Subtitle of host publicationOpen Oceans: Learning without borders.
EditorsMalcolm Campbell, Julie Willems, Chie Adachi, Damian Blake, Iain Doherty, Siva Krishnan, Susie Macfarlane, Leanne Ngo, Marcus O'Donnell, Stuart Palmer, Lynn Riddell, Ian Story, Harsh Suri, Joanna Tai
PublisherASCILITE
Pages565-567
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event35th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - Deakin Univeristy, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018
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Conference

Conference35th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
Abbreviated titleOpen oceans: learning without borders
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityGeelong
Period25/11/1828/11/18
OtherThe ASCILITE 2018 Conference is ASCILITE’s 35th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education. This year’s conference was hosted by Deakin University and held at the University’s Waterfront Campus, Geelong, between 25 to 28 November 2018.

The theme for ASCILITE 2018 was Open Oceans: Learning without borders. Picture sitting on a beach and looking at the ocean, stretching before you towards the horizon, and dreaming about the possibilities, reflecting on the past, or being mindfully present in the moment. The sea is vast. This vision captures the infinite possibilities when considering innovation, practice and research in the use of educational technologies in tertiary education.
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