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Title: From Laptops to Competences : Bridging the Digital Divide in Education
Authors: Peña López, Ismael
Keywords: digital divide
digital competences
digital skills
digital literacy
higher education
Issue Date: 13-Jan-2010
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Type: Article
Citation: Peña-López, Ismael (2010). "From Laptops to Competences: Bridging the Digital Divide in Education". RUSC. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento, 2010, Vol. 7, num 1
Abstract: Most of the existing literature that deals with the digital divide in the educational system focuses either on schools or universities, but rarely do we see a vertical approach where the system is considered as a whole. In this paper we relate initiatives that aim to bridge the digital divide in the current situation in higher education. We discuss why policies that focus on infrastructures (e.g. laptops) are not the answer, as they mostly leave digital competences unattended, leading to (or not helping to amend) the digital void in universities in matters of skills. We end by proposing a general framework to define digital skills so that they are included in syllabuses at all stages of the educational path.
Description: Peer reviewed
Language: eng
Appears in Collections:2010, vol. 7, n. 1

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