Issues and Challenges Related to Digital Equity: An Overview

  • Paul Resta
  • Thérèse LaferrièreEmail author
  • Robert McLaughlin
  • Assetou Kouraogo
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Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


The chapter addresses two main concerns: Digital equity for social inclusion and digital equity in education. Five dimensions of digital equity are identified: (1) access to hardware, software, and connectivity to the Internet; (2) access to meaningful, high quality, and culturally relevant content in local languages; (3) access to creating, sharing, and exchanging digital content; (4) access to educators who know how to use digital tools and resources; and (5) access to high-quality research on the application of digital technologies to enhance learning. Issues, challenges, and informed strategies are pinpointed on the basis of what digital-divide and digital-equity research says.


Social inclusion Digital divide Access Digital tools and resources Knowledge divide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Resta
    • 1
  • Thérèse Laferrière
    • 2
    Email author
  • Robert McLaughlin
    • 3
    • 5
  • Assetou Kouraogo
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Laval UniversityQCCanada
  3. 3.Educational Development ConsortiumWalthamUSA
  4. 4.Ministry of EducationOuagadougouBurkina Faso
  5. 5.New England CollegeHennikerUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Therese Laferrière
    • 1
  • Paul Resta
    • 2
  1. 1.Université LavalQuebec CityCanada
  2. 2.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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