Access to computers isn’t enough for equity in online learning


Even before the global pandemic pushed many colleges and universities to teach students remotely, online learning had become an increasingly important part of higher education.

Yet, as this spring’s pivot to online learning showed us, equity remains a significant challenge.

Debate about the fairness of online learning tends to revolve around technology access. And there are indeed sharp disparities in home access to computers and reliable broadband service.

But equity in online learning is more than simply making sure students have decent technology and fast internet. Every student — not just the marginalized and disenfranchised — needs sound course design, sufficient student support and testing programs that make sense and protect integrity.

“At this time in our history, the global pandemic presents a unique opportunity to establish and refine an online learning model that is fair and equitable for all students.”

My company, StraighterLine, exists to help get students

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Group donates computers, fans to hospital

SIFAX Group, a group of companies with investment in Maritime, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Haulage & Logistics, Financial Services and Hospitality, has donated some items to the Apapa General Hospital.

The items donated by SIFAX Group include: 5 laptops, 6 desktop computers and 18 wall fans.

At the official handover and presentation of the equipment to the hospital’s management, Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications SIFAX Group, said the donation of the items was in furtherance of the company’s philosophy of supporting critical government institutions, especially in the education and health sectors as well as providing a better access to health care for Nigerians.

He said: “SIFAX Group believes that without good health, it will be difficult for Nigerians to be productive and make giant strides in their different endeavours. Our public health institutions are important in delivering this health care and that is the reason we decided to support

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