A record-breaking $2.2 billion in EdTech investments poured into US startups in 2020, a year that has been coined the most disruptive year for education. There have indeed been some promising changes in the education system of America from the rise of advanced technologies. However, many parts of the USA are witnessing unsettling declines in college enrollment and persistence for underserved populations.
The prevalence of digital inequity in higher education has led to many barriers that harm the student experience. Access to the internet is crucial for students to be successful in their future, and technology has a lot to do with it. From accessing assignments and communicating with teachers to completing research.
Institutions are now finding ways to ensure that students have equal access to technology. Some who have been resilient throughout the pandemic are those that have rapidly reoriented their technology infrastructure to deliver courses in an inclusive manner. As a result, institutions are moving to provide “any time, anywhere” access to software and lab tools, to enhance the learning experience for all students.
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