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Amongst its far-reaching effects, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 illuminated another as-yet-unsolved plague on American society: the yawning economic and educational chasm perpetuated by the “digital divide.” Put differently: many of our greatest problems, while newly exacerbated by COVID-19, can be traced to the same root cause–digital inequity.
Working parents of young children in the U.S. must often grapple with the challenges of childcare that can exceed $1,000 per month, per child. Faced with the expense, many families often decide that it’s simply more practical for a parent to exit the workforce in order to care for the children.
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) is designing the future of education. The nonprofit is on a mission to improve learning and collaboration in the education sector through social science research, research-based innovations, and by assisting schools, colleges, and universities in developing open education environments.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally disrupted all areas of society including how students obtain their education. In California, as in much of the world, schools at all levels closed their campuses this spring to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
In 2018, we welcomed Dr. Babara Illowsky as the first OER & Innovation Fellow of the Michelson 20MM Foundation. Over the past two years, the open educational resources pioneer helped shape our strategy and priorities.
The Education Trust–West (ETW), the latest Michelson Spark Grant recipient, has embarked on an effort to highlight the digital divide throughout higher education so that colleges and universities can accelerate solutions and support for students and faculty.