A Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Education and Student Success
Concurrent Session 6
Digital education faces a number of challenges in 2018: increased enrollments, budget shortfalls, competition for enrollments and widening disparity in access, economics and student success. These challenges are fuelled by a number of factors including the value (or possibly, declining value) of college degrees, social movements, local contexts, and demographic change (Smith, 2014).
This moderated panel seeks to surface some of the challenges and opportunities for growth presented by diversity and inclusion initiatives in technology-enhanced and distance higher education and student success. Panelists represent perspectives from an array of institution types, and will interact with not only the moderated questions, but also questions and prompts from the panel audience.
“Creating an inclusive higher education community is an essential ingredient in helping achieve social equality, and is an important element of meaningful lifelong learning (Stefani & Blessinger, 2014, p. 3).” Join our panelists for an open, critical discussion of the challenges we face as a field, and how we might collaboratively shift the structures and cultures that allow them to manifest.
Smith, D. G. (2014). Diversity and inclusion in higher education: Emerging perspectives on institutional transformation. Routledge.
Stefani, L., & Blessinger, P. (Eds.). (2017).Inclusive Leadership in Higher Education: International Perspectives and Approaches. Routledge.