Digital Equity and the Opportunities for Higher Education
October 25, 2022
While existing well before March 2020, the pandemic highlighted the scope of digital inequity that often complicates and limits many students’ abilities to fully participate in all aspects of their education. In response to this and the broader array of digital inequities impacting citizens, the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act included historical funding for broadband as well as $2.75 billion to specifically address digital equity (Digital Equity Act). This webinar first presented data regarding the scope of broadband inequities in the United States. It then turned to examine the opportunities presented by the Digital Equity Act, including ways in which higher education institutions can position themselves to better serve their students and their communities. We then looked at digital equity initiatives in higher education where institutions are already making a difference. We also considered digital practices our faculty and campuses can employ to ensure equitable outcomes for our students. Those viewing this webinar will leave with clarity regarding the opportunities presented by the Digital Equity Act as well as concrete ideas and strategies institutions and faculty can employ in service to digital equity and their students.
- U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet for All Website
- Connect Humanity - The Fund for Digital Equity
- Contact Information for State Broadband Offices
- Federal Funding Opportunity; Digital Learning Infrastructure and IT Modernization Pilot - Deadline is November 22, 2022.
- U.S. Department of Education - Advancing Digital Equity for All
C. Edward WatsonAssociate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director for Open Educational Resources and Digital Innovation
Angela Thi BennettDigital Equity Director, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Jochai Ben-AvieCo-Founder & Chief Executive, Connect Humanity
Zoë CorwinResearch Professor & Director, Digital Equity in Education, Pullias Center of Higher Education, University of Southern California
Karen MossbergerFrank and June Sackton Professor & Director, Center for Technology, Data and Society, Arizona State University