Category: Digital Inclusion

Individuals at businesses and nonprofit organizations can unite in several ways in the pursuit of common goals for communities. Among these relationships are partnerships, collaborations, and short-term and long-term alliances. Community-wide digital inclusion coalitions and efforts can effectively spark conversations and promote an actionable framework to increase broadband adoption and use, build digital literacy skills, and encourage civic engagement.

This course is valuable for librarians, educators, technologists, government (local, state, federal) employees, community developers, those who work for foundations and corporations, and telecommunications professionals. You’ll learn effective ways to build relationships and partnerships that educate community members on technology and how to access affordable and reliable broadband service. The types of potential digital inclusion partnerships explored in this course will be based on foundational strategies to provide access, training, and literacy across communities.

Digital literacy programs are designed to help people overcome barriers to participate actively in a digital society. But what about participants with physical or cognitive disabilities?

To address the needs of all digital literacy participants, practitioners need to ensure that their programs and spaces include people of all abilities. This is possible when practitioners know the fundamentals of accessible communication, assistive technologies (both hardware and software), and adaptive spaces. And focusing on accessibility improves usability for all participants.

During this course, we’ll cover three key elements

  • The fundamentals of accessibility within the context of digital literacy programs
  • How to identify and implement new strategies for including people with disabilities
  • Important considerations for evaluating and modifying the physical space for program delivery

You’ll leave this course with the key skills to make accessibility and inclusion a more central part of your new or existing digital literacy programs.

The global pandemic has made it crystal clear that everyone needs to have home internet access. But how do you do this when the population you’re working with are low-income and can’t afford a device or the monthly cost of the internet? And how do you provide digital skills training to new users when you can’t sit next to them? These are monumental challenges, but knowing that without a vaccine, the virus won’t be stopped and our older adults and immunocompromised neighbors are most at risk.

This course will discuss the ways you and your organization can make a difference in the lives of homebound individuals by helping them get fully connected to the internet.