As more colleges rush to offer free online courses, it’s worth asking who might be left out for lack of high-speed Internet access to watch video lectures.
I am organizing a meeting of North Texas adjuncts/instructors (academic contingent laborers) in May. One of the topics to be discussed is how much more aware such educators (primarily employed in Community Colleges) can be of the lingering digital divide in our nation between the poor & the wealthy. This also suggests that it exists between those who prefer their families to live in the “actual” world and those who have pulled their families into the virtual world.
See on chronicle.com
- The Book of Life (keithwaynebrown.com)
- New Survey: Digital Divide Is ‘Major Challenge’ In Teaching Low-Income Students (huffingtonpost.com)
- How Big Telecom Increases Our Digital Divide (billmoyers.com)
- Pew Research study: Digital divide adversely impacts low-income students (drwilda.com)
- Full Show: Who’s Widening America’s Digital Divide? (billmoyers.com)