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The Digital Divide

Explore the impact of the digital divide in society.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

What can we realistically do to address the digital divide?

In this short course, you will have the opportunity to learn about the digital divide, what information poverty means, and debate the ways artificial intelligence could help in closing the gap by providing greater access to opportunities.

What topics will you cover?

  • The difference between access to resources and access to opportunities provided by digital resources
  • Different campaigns/efforts to close the digital divide and limit information poverty

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the relationship between access to resources and information poverty
  • Discuss existing initiatives to mitigate the digital divide

Who is the course for?

This course is useful for anyone wanting to fill the STEM skills gap by also closing the digital divide, providing access to opportunities to help individuals and those who are from socio-economically disadvantaged households to learn how to use the internet, find appropriate information to help climb the social ladder and pursue self-improvement.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Mark Elshaw is a lecturer and researcher at Coventry University. His teaching and research interesting include AI, neural network, AI ethics, biological inspired computing system.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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