E-learning and the digital divide: Perpetuating cultural and socio-economic elitism in higher education

J Sims, P Powell, R Vidgen

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Abstract

Education is seen as a route to full participation in society, and widening participation in education and lifelong learning as a way of including those who are currently excluded from many of the benefits of society. The use of learning technology is perceived as a means of widening participation in higher education by enabling participation by non-traditional students. E-learning is perceived as lowering barriers of time and space to enable non-traditional students to attend campus-based education while accessing resources at a time and place of their choosing. This research finds a digital divide with some students financially unable to afford technology and broadband access, others without the skills to engage with learning technology, and some culturally less able to benefit from technological enrichment. It also finds gender and generational differences disenfranchising some students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th European Conference on Information Systems, Information Systems in a Rapidly Changing Economy, ECIS 2005
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventProceedings of the 13th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). Institute for Management of Information Systems - Regensburg, Germany
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 13th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). Institute for Management of Information Systems
CountryGermany
CityRegensburg
Period1/01/05 → …

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    Sims, J., Powell, P., & Vidgen, R. (2005). E-learning and the digital divide: Perpetuating cultural and socio-economic elitism in higher education. In Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Information Systems, Information Systems in a Rapidly Changing Economy, ECIS 2005 Association for Information Systems.