Narrowing the Digital Divide: Pragmatic and Student-Centered Approaches
The digital divide became a wider abyss for many students as institutions moved to remote learning in Spring 2020 in the midst of COVID-19. Internet deserts are seeing the potential for broadband connectivity diminish as localities face dire budget implications and national efforts seem idle. Beyond connectivity, access to devices and technology have become a roadblock to many. Our panelists discussed the digital and technology divide, policies, and strategies, including:
- Status of national broadband efforts and net neutrality.
- CARES Act.
- Creative solutions for providing access to critical technology including laptops and Wi-Fi.
- Innovative approaches to serving geographically rural and urban students.
Live captioning was provided by our sponsor, VITAC.