The increasing significance of digital equity in higher education

An introduction to the Digital Equity Special Issue




Editorial, equity, digital equity


Digital equity is a complex and multifaceted concept. It includes not only access to hardware, software, and connectivity to the Internet but also meaningful, high-quality, and culturally relevant content in local languages, and the ability to create, share, and exchange knowledge. Participatory citizenship in the digital era involves the right to access and participate in higher education. Indeed, it is a key civil rights issue of the modern world. This editorial provides the context in which the articles in this special issue are located.


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Author Biography

Julie Willems, Monash University

Dr. Julie Willems ( holds qualifications in nursing, the humanities, and education. Her research interests include media and technology in formal and informal learning (including social media), and educational and digital equity as social justice issue (such as in relation to OER and MOOC). Julie Is a Senior Lecturer in RMIT’s  Learning and Teaching Academy.





How to Cite

Willems, J., Farley, H., & Campbell, C. (2019). The increasing significance of digital equity in higher education: An introduction to the Digital Equity Special Issue. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 35(6), 1–8.

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