Friday, April 9th, 2021
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Don't Ignore the D.E.A.: Design, Equity, and Access in Online Education
The "digital divide" was a term coined in 2012 to describe the disparity amongst those students who did have internet access and those who did not (Van Dijk, 2012). Research indicates teacher preparation and quality of teaching is the leading factor in student success. Poor preparation and inadequate quality of design strategies can deprive students of equitable use and access to optimal digital-based learning experiences (Delgado, 2019). In this session we will discuss how through the incorporation of intentional design strategies, strategies that promote equity and access, we can create more inclusive learning experiences for our students.
Explain the differences between the principles of the digital divide and digital equity.
Record design strategies that promote digital equity and digital access.
Discuss these principles through an open Q&A session.
Stephanie Delgado, Senior Instructional Designer, Florida International University
Stephanie Delgado, Ph.D. is a seasoned Instructional Designer who assists faculty with the development of their fully online and hybrid courses. Stephanie is also an instructor, preparing undergraduate and graduate students for teaching in today’s K-12 institutions. Dr. Delgado regularly speaks at national and international conferences, discussing topics related to the equitable use of technology in curricular designs. She has been in over 1000 classrooms conducting environmental assessments and evaluating efficacy of teacher practices. She has consulted on educational policy both at the county and state level. Dr. Delgado’s research interests include access and use of educational technology in the classroom, specifically the disparity of access and use amongst typically marginalized populations. Other research interests include the positionality of educators regarding the use of technology in their classrooms, and exploring those associated barriers or facilitators. Stephanie holds degrees in the areas of Behavior Analysis, Education, and earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Digital Equity. Stephanie’s professional mission is to advocate for equity in digital access amongst all students.