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USQ Online Seminar — Is online learning helping or hindering access to higher education in Australia?

Event Details
Online webinar
26 November 2019

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is hosting an online event as part of World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) 2019.

This is the second USQ WAHED seminar. This year, USQ will take a critical lens on the role of online education and educational technology and the promise of equitable access to higher education.

Most Australian universities are investing heavily in online education as a way to offer flexible options, and to capture a wider market of students domestically and internationally. To what extent though, do these initiatives further marginalise those already struggling with the ‘digital divide’?

WAHED highlights the disparities in access to education—particularly higher education—worldwide. The annual event being held on 26 November 2019 will bring together universities, vocational and further education providers, communities, industry, and government to focus on the role these institutions play in addressing, whilst also contributing to, the issue of access.

Anyone with an interest in the future of Australian education is invited to join USQ online from your home, workplace, or classroom.

Panel Session: Does online education marginalise the very students we serve?

The Panel Session will provide a diverse range of perspectives on this topic, and respond to the potential to increase inequality, rather than broaden participation.

Panel members

  • Professor Shelley Kinash — Director of Advancement of Learning and Teaching, University of Southern Queensland.
  • Dr Amber Marshall — Research Fellow, QUT Digital Media Research Centre
  • Mr Timothy Randall — Student Ambassador, Meet-Up Leader and Assistant Library Officer, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
  • Sylvia Wilson-Kuhbauch, Queensland Correctional Services

Panel Chair

  • Dr Christie White — Director of Student Success and Wellbeing, USQ

More information and registration is available on the event website.

Posted 11 November 2019