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Inequalities in Online Education

, State University of New York - Empire State College, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


The rapid advancement of learning technologies has brought a myriad of research on the implications of the technology on online postsecondary education. Researchers are particularly concerned about the social and educational inequalities associated with the increasing reliance of the learning technologies. This paper examines the inequalities in online education. The author begins by reviewing research on the use and impact of learning technologies in U.S. higher education. In theorizing the inequalities in online education, the author looks closely at the notions of social inequalities, digital divide, and feminist theories and identifies the challenges the underprivileged social groups and learners have experienced. Finally, drawing from a case study conducted in an undergraduate online art course, the author discusses the areas of inequality and challenges students encountered in online learning.


Lai, A. (2015). Inequalities in Online Education. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 674-681). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 19, 2019 from .



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