Online Learning Update

October 20, 2012

Online learning: can we bridge the digital divide?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Tim Pitman, the Conversation

Online learning divides opinion like few other issues in the world of higher education. But regardless of whether you think this is a good or bad thing, there is no escaping the fact it is here to stay. Despite claims about the democratisation of education through free online university courses and open educational resources, some potential students are being left on the wrong side of the digital divide. Learners need not only the physical connections to the internet and appropriate hardware, but also the familiarity with technology to make online learning work. Universities and governments need to do more to improve access to these resources or risk leaving some of the most disadvantaged students behind.

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