The digital divide
What might go missing when education is digitalized?
The pandemic shocked the global education system. For many students around the world, lecture halls became video calls and “campus” was reduced to a website.
More than two years of digital and hybrid solutions later, it is time to pause and look at what kind of higher education we want for the future.
Education technology is here to stay. We at SAIH are asking what might go missing, as we find that a core question to answer in order to ensure inclusive, accessible and quality digital education.
1: ACCESS - WHY IT MATTERS
Approximately half of the world’s population are still not online.
Many also lack access to digital tools, the necessary skills to master them and digital alternatives relevant to their context, particularly students in developing countries. A private room with good internet connection and a personal computer is out of reach for many students in the Global South.
Hence, the inequalities regarding access to resources in the ‘offline’ world transition to the digital sphere.
2: INCLUSION - WHY IT MATTERS
Education should be a tool for liberation, not oppression.
Unfortunately, education has historically been used as a tool to impose Western views on the Global South. Over the years, several movements around the world have resisted education as a tool for further colonization.
In a digitalized world, the making of a truly inclusive education system is depending on education technologies that are available and relevant for all, regardless of geography, culture, language or wealth.
3: QUALITY - WHY IT MATTERS
A recent survey showed that the majority of Norwegian students experience lower quality on digital lectures in comparison to the physical format.
The survey found less participation digitally and that students have less motivation. It also found that learning outcome is generally going down, for example tied to the lack of interactive and participatory lectures online.
There is no doubt that digitalizing education is beneficial and more flexible for some.
At the same time, student life and higher education is not only about receiving new information and knowledge. It’s also about bringing different perspectives together, being challenged and tested by each other’s viewpoints. It's about discussions. How can that flourish through #digitaleducation?
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When is digitalization an asset, and when does it affect the quality of education?
Let us know what kind of higher education system do you want for the future!
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