Navigating Today’s Digital Divide: Motivating All Learners Toward Success
Anastasia Trekles, Purdue University Calumet, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The digital divide continues to exist within our society due not just to a lack of physical access to technology, but also to a lack of time and motivation available to practice new skills. This issue has hit the forefront in today’s challenging economy, where many individuals have found themselves unemployed and in need of additional skills to secure a new job. Colleges and universities have sought to meet this need by providing additional distance courses and programs, which allow greater flexibility for the many adults who cannot afford to travel or take time away from home and family responsibilities. However, despite the motivation and opportunity to increase their technological skills, many may still falter without adequate support. This article examines current issues surrounding the digital divide and what strategies instructors and institutions can use to help this new group of learners address barriers related to text and visual literacy, as well as time needed to practice new skills.
Trekles, A. (2010). Navigating Today’s Digital Divide: Motivating All Learners Toward Success. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1286-1292). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).