Digital equity for learners

We need to ensure that every learner has access to devices and a fast, stable, affordable internet connection in their place of residence so that they can study online and access the tools and information they need to learn.

With more and more learning happening online and more work being completed on devices compared with pen and paper, the current "digital divide" is only going to exacerbate existing inequities in our communities. We are already seeing this gap in many of our most disadvantaged communities and learners are losing out on important learning opportunities because of the lack of devices/internet.


The government's strategy should include clear plans and funding for improving digital equity, working with schools/kura, businesses and local community groups to fill the gaps where learners currently do not have adequate devices or internet. 

Why the contribution is important

Digital equity is important because it will ensure that all learners from all areas of Aotearoa have equal access to the opportunities of a digital future.   

 

by yingyang21 on October 19, 2021 at 02:48PM

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  • Posted by mopedwill October 26, 2021 at 14:13

    I agree completely, and would add that government (via the TEC and MOE) needs to do more to overcome the stigma against online learning in New Zealand. As a recent graduate student, even during our first COVID-19 lockdown, there was a sense that online learning simply isn't doable. Not for any technological reason, but because the faculty assumed in-person learning is the best quality and/or only way learners can learn. This simply isn't true, and it takes a cultural shift within schools and universities to overcome this.
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