The unwelcomed arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities and inequalities in accessing educational opportunities among different social groups. Abruptly, the idea of inclusivity in education has become more of an abstract phenomenon that widens the digital divide and creates social injustice. The resulting intensification of digital disparities demands an immediate coordinated response from all education and government stakeholders to guarantee that no one is left behind as we navigate the so-called new normal. Without an appropriate intervention and sound policy guidance, negative repercussions may be so widespread that they will remain a problem in the education sector far into the future. Socioeconomic Inclusion During an Era of Online Education aims to answer emerging questions on inclusive online education by exploring and collating the experiences and lessons learned during the implementation of emergency remote education. With the earlier-than-expected arrival of the online education era, best practices and innovative approaches from various educational institutions are concrete paradigms for safeguarding the promise of an undivided future of learning through equal access to quality education from a distance. Covering topics from learning space to education governance, this reference work is ideal for policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, scholars, instructors, and students seeking to adjust and adapt to technology-enabled education during and after the COVID-19 era.
Empathy, diversity, inclusion, and soft skills are key building blocks of an innovative workforce challenged to respond to the ever-growing needs of the COVID-19 era. Organizations that value diversity and inclusion are looking for ways to manage the shift of workers and skills from traditional manufacturing to the 21st-century vision by incorporating new technology and tools. In this new model, a diverse workforce is necessary, as creativity and innovation grow from the skills that differentiate humans. Further research into the next steps for using diversity and inclusion in an efficient manner, discovering and training new skill sets, and building sustainability into the creative process is needed to fully embrace this new era of inclusion. Multidisciplinary Approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the COVID-19-Era Workplace highlights best practices of successful companies in the “new normal” conditions caused by the pandemic and provides innovative research on diversity and inclusion to help organizations navigate the changing competitive global environment. Covering a range of topics such as remote work, unconscious bias, and information literacy, it is ideal for professors, researchers, academicians, practitioners, human resource professionals, industry professionals, and students.
Education has until recently promoted social mobility, broad economic growth, and democracy. However, modern universities direct policy and resources toward criteria that exacerbate income inequality and reduce social mobility. Online education can make education more socially, geographically, temporally, and financially accessible, impacting the higher education industry, governments, economies, communities, and society in general. Thus, education’s shift away from scarcity affects the differential earnings and socio-political influence of all concerned, and online education impacts, and is impacted by, such shifting power structures. Socioeconomics, Diversity, and the Politics of Online Education is a cutting-edge research publication that explores online education’s optimal design and management so that more students, especially those traditionally underserved, are successful and can contribute to their communities and society. Additionally, it looks at the political/regulatory, diversity, and socioeconomic impacts on online education, especially for online education demographic groups. Featuring a wide range of topics including globalization, accreditation, and socioeconomics, this book is essential for teachers, administrators, government policy writers, educational software developers, MOOC providers, LMS providers, policymakers, academicians, administrators, researchers, and students interested in student retention and diversity and income inequality as well as promoting social mobility and democracy through accessible public education.
This book explores a broad range of innovations in education, such as flipped classrooms, the educational use of social media, mobile learning and educational resources. It also includes theoretical discussions and practical applications related to the use of augmented reality and educational technologies for improving students’ engagement and facilitating their future studies and careers. Featuring case studies and practical applications illustrating the effectiveness of new modes of education in which the latest technologies and innovations are widely used in the global context, the book helps readers develop their awareness of the related insights and implications, in order to deepen their understanding and stimulate critical thinking as to how new technologies have made learning and teaching easier in different educational settings.
This volume will provide educators with an understanding of challenges associated with equity and inclusion at higher education institutions globally and with evidence-based strategies for addressing the challenges associated with implementing equity and inclusion.
Across the world, higher education is witnessing exponential growth in both student participation and types of educational providers. One key phenomenon of this growth is an increase in student diversity: governments are widening access to higher education for students from traditionally underrepresented groups. However, this raises questions about whether this rapid growth may in face compromise academic quality. This book presents case studies of how higher education institutions in diverse countries are maintaining academic excellence while increasing the access and participation of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Including case studies spanning four continents, the authors and editors examine whether increasing widening participation positively impacts upon academic quality. This volume will be of interest and value to students and scholars of global higher education, representation and participation in education, and quality in higher education.
Digital technologies are spreading rapidly, but digital dividends--the broader benefits of faster growth, more jobs, and better services--are not. If more than 40 percent of adults in East Africa pay their utility bills using a mobile phone, why can’t others around the world do the same? If 8 million entrepreneurs in China--one third of them women--can use an e-commerce platform to export goods to 120 countries, why can’t entrepreneurs elsewhere achieve the same global reach? And if India can provide unique digital identification to 1 billion people in five years, and thereby reduce corruption by billions of dollars, why can’t other countries replicate its success? Indeed, what’s holding back countries from realizing the profound and transformational effects that digital technologies are supposed to deliver? Two main reasons. First, nearly 60 percent of the world’s population are still offline and can’t participate in the digital economy in any meaningful way. Second, and more important, the benefits of digital technologies can be offset by growing risks. Startups can disrupt incumbents, but not when vested interests and regulatory uncertainty obstruct competition and the entry of new firms. Employment opportunities may be greater, but not when the labor market is polarized. The internet can be a platform for universal empowerment, but not when it becomes a tool for state control and elite capture. The World Development Report 2016 shows that while the digital revolution has forged ahead, its 'analog complements'--the regulations that promote entry and competition, the skills that enable workers to access and then leverage the new economy, and the institutions that are accountable to citizens--have not kept pace. And when these analog complements to digital investments are absent, the development impact can be disappointing. What, then, should countries do? They should formulate digital development strategies that are much broader than current information and communication technology (ICT) strategies. They should create a policy and institutional environment for technology that fosters the greatest benefits. In short, they need to build a strong analog foundation to deliver digital dividends to everyone, everywhere.
Recent innovations and new technologies in education have altered the way teachers approach instruction and learning and can provide countless advantages. The pedagogical value of specific technology tools and the cumulative effects of technology exposure on student learning over time are two areas that need to be explored to better determine the improvements needed in the modern classroom. Advanced Methodologies and Technologies in Modern Education Delivery provides emerging research on educational models in the continually improving classroom. While highlighting the challenges facing modern in-service and pre-service teachers when educating students, readers will learn information on new methods in curriculum development, instructional design, and learning assessments to implement within their classrooms. This book is a vital resource for pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher education professionals, higher education administrative professionals, and researchers interested in new curriculum development.
This book is reflective of a science-based vision of the future development paradigm of economic and social systems. It deals with the digitization as the technological basis for the future development of economic and social systems and presents a review of groundbreaking technologies and prospects for their application. The specific character of the industry and prospects for the application of digital technologies in business are analyzed. A rationale is provided for future prospects for the sustainable development of economic and social systems in a digital economy. The authors determine the process of the formation and development of the information-oriented society, social and educational aspects of the digitization, as well as the institutional framework of the digital future of social and economic systems. The book combines the best works following the results of the 12th International Research-to-Practice Conference “Artificial Intelligence: Anthropogenic Nature vs. Social Origin” that was held by the Institute of Scientific Communications (ISC) in cooperation with the Siberian Federal University and the Krasnoyarsk Regional Fund of support of scientific and scientific–technical activities on 5–7 December 2019, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, as well as following the results of the 3rd International Research-to-Practice Conference “Economic and Social Systems: Paradigms for the Future” that was held by the ISC in cooperation with the Pyatigorsk State University on 5–6 February 2020. The target audience of the book consists of representatives of the academic community concerned with the future prospects for the development of economic and social systems, as well as economic agents engaged in the digitization of business processes, and representatives of public agencies regulating the development of business systems for their progressivity, sustainability and competitiveness.
This unique “yearbook” captures the extraordinary events and effects of 2020 on children and media scholars and practitioners. Contributors reflect on how the compounding crises of 2020—the COVID-19 pandemic, international protests for racial justice, and the climate crisis—have prompted them to re-evaluate some aspects of their research, teaching, or production related to children, adolescents, and media. Crises can be opportunities for clarity, revealing creative ways to address collective challenges. This volume, which began as a special issue of Journal of Children and Media, reveals such insights. Contributors discuss how the crises of 2020: • Prompted them to reconsider theories and concepts central to research on children, adolescents, and media • Fostered new priorities for how and what they teach • Spurred creative ways to produce high-quality, accessible educational media for children globally • Affected their media engagement with their own children, while they researched children’s media use during social distancing • Weighed more heavily on scholars and practitioners of color, and how professional communities can best respond to those challenges These 36 international contributions reveal how children and media scholars and professionals worked through the crises of 2020, putting newfound clarity to creative use in the service of children all over the world.
The world of education has undergone major changes within the last year that have pushed online instruction to the forefront of learning. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, online learning has become paramount to the continued and uninterrupted teaching of students and has forced students and teachers alike to adjust to an online learning environment. Though some have already returned to the traditional classroom, or plan to very soon, others have begun to appreciate the value of online education – initiatives that had previously been discussed but never acted upon as they have been in the past year. With plenty of positive and negative aspects, online learning is a complex issue with numerous factors to consider. It is an issue that must be studied and examined in order to improve in the future. Curriculum Development and Online Instruction for the 21st Century examines the issues and difficulties of online teaching and learning, as well as potential solutions and best practices. This book includes an examination on the value of teaching fully via the internet as well as the challenges inherent in the training of teachers to teach in online environments. While addressing key elements of remote learning, such as keeping student data safe, as well as methods in which to engage students, this book covers topics that include assessment tools, teaching deaf students, web technology, and standardized curricula. Ideal for K-12 teachers, college faculty, curriculum developers, instructional designers, educational software developers, administrators, academicians, researchers, and students, this book provides a thorough overview of online education and the benefits and issues that accompany it.
Improvements in the application of online learning technologies are continually on the rise as the expectation for individuals to obtain a higher education grows and more people are seeking alternative modes of education. As more institutions implement e-learning systems, it has become increasingly important to explore the advancements and obstacles of these technologies. The Handbook of Research on Estimation and Control Techniques in E-Learning Systems presents the latest research in online learning and educational technologies for a diverse range of students and educational environments. Featuring comprehensive coverage on the implementation and usage of e-education systems, this publication explores a variety of pertinent topics including, but not limited to, ubiquitous computer technology, e-learning environments, and challenges in implementing these technologies, serving as a crucial reference source for researchers, professionals, academicians, students, government officials, and technology developers interested in the adoption and implementation of e-learning systems.