Digital landscapes: Inclusive potential versus exclusive practice

Watling, Sue (2010) Digital landscapes: Inclusive potential versus exclusive practice. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2010, 5 - 8 December 2010, Sydney, NSW; Australia.

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Abstract

The expression 'Digital Divide' refers to more than access to technology, for the possession of hardware cannot guarantee equity of participation. For users of assistive technologies, all the prerequisites for access can be in place but if the digital data has not been designed with the needs of their technology in mind then access will continue to be denied. The advantage of digital data is its flexibility which ensures it can be available in multiple formats and customised to individual preference. To transform the curriculum for the needs for future learners, and work effectively within digital landscapes, requires confidence and competence with the environment plus an understanding of inclusive practice so as to minimise barriers. These requirements should be neither under-estimated nor their presence assumed. As digital data becomes increasingly prevalent so the divide between inclusive and exclusive digital practices is in danger of widening. This paper suggests that ensuring accessible digital landscapes in higher education requires individual responsibility supported by a whole institution approach; both of which recognise the value of digital inclusion. © 2010 Sue Watling.

Additional Information:Conference Code:94319
Keywords:Digital exclusion, Digital inclusion, Digital practice, Diversity, Virtual pedagogy, Curricula
Subjects:X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
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Deposited On:17 Jan 2014 14:53

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