Students risk being left behind by ‘digital poverty’ due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Students risk being left behind by ‘digital poverty’ due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Office for Students (OfS) has warned that ‘digital poverty’ risks leaving students behind in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A poll commissioned by the OfS found that 52% of students were impacted by ‘slow or unreliable internet’, 71% lacked access to a quiet study space and 56% lacked access to appropriate study materials. Significantly, 18% were impacted by lack of access to a computer, laptop or tablet.

The findings of the poll come as the Chair of the OfS, Sir Michael Barber, launches a major review of digital teaching and learning in English higher education, considering how digital technology has been used to deliver remote education since the start of the pandemic and presenting future opportunities.

Source: ‘Digital poverty’ risks leaving students behind

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