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Digital Inclusion for Education and Employment

Jeaun Lewis

As technology begins to revolve the way the People’s daily lives take place has changed significantly in the past 50 years, even in the past 10 years. Not to bring everything back to the coronavirus crisis, or COVID-19, more and more focus has been placed on digital inclusion for both education and aspects of employment.

Before the crisis began they were already more than 2.5 million Australians who were not online, with many of the benefits of being connected through the Internet being out of their reach, can you list to do with forms of social and economic disadvantage which can be related to many of the other social justice issues discussed here such as homelessness and disability.

The ability to be online has many benefits such as educational benefits, the ability to access information about health, The ability to socialise with a wider group of people and the ability to find work that only takes digital resumes.

An organisation such as the Australian digital inclusion index states that just like access to water or electricity access to the information and communication technologies available through the Internet are essential to living, working and participating in modern society.

According to the Centre for social impact, digital inclusion occurs when people have both the ability and the opportunity to use online technologies key features of digital inclusion include

  • The ability to have access to an Internet connection hardware and sufficient data allowances
  • The ability to afford the use of such products
  • Add the ability to adequately use online technologies and diverse ways.

Much like many of the other social justice issues tackled on this site, coronavirus crisis has accelerated the need for social change. more people in Australia have an arse to work study and work here from home as much as possible with schools and universities transforming their courses and curriculum aiming to deliver education fully online (with varied levels of success depending on Internet access, Internet speed, and the stability of programs used).

Due to restrictions being placed on movements and the amount of people allowed to be in one space there’s been a rapid growth of the unemployed, who have grown larger numbers again due to the crisis, turning to the Internet to access Social Security and welfare services such as Job Seeker and job keeper payments.

The Griffith University learning futures Centre aims to lead impactful learning and working and being able to optimise students learning and success through the use of online technology and online teaching techniques. The technologies that the learning futures centre use include

  • Eco 360 active learning platform
  • Learning@Griffith
  • PebblePad

Achieving results to indigenous education (The ARTIE Academy) assistant measures to close the gap in education outcomes between indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students and their non-indigenous peers.

The ARTIE Academy was founded in 2010 by the former origin greats (FOGS) and focus on encouraging improvements in attendance, academic achievement, Behaviour and ultimately having a year 12 certificate.

Many alumni have taken on leadership and mentoring roles to further support the goals of the organisation.

It is on the this topic that I am writing an article. The article is about the digital inclusion of first nations students, particularly those who are in secondary and tertiary education and are studying long distance.

I aim to look at the ways that digital inclusion of people who live in remote communities can grow and how educators can support first nations students who may find it difficult to take part in their education due to issues with technology.

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About the Social Impact Projects

The Griffith University Social Impact Projects address five significant social justice issues faced by vulnerable communities. Expanding on the work done by Project Safe Space, and Project Open Doors, the Griffith University Social Impact Projects bring Community Partners, students and the University together to work collaboratively in the innovative solution design sprints. Initially designed to address Mental Health and Wellbeing of Griffith students, we soon realised this was a much larger issue intersecting across a number of social justice issues for students and the wider community. The Social Impact Projects aim to contribute in some small way to improving these social issues.