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.”
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