Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Digital Equity SIG

After several years of discussions, the Digital Equity SIG was officially formed at the ASCILITE2017 conference in Toowoomba, December 2017 to promote the scholarship of digital equity as a core, continuing and ethical stream for ASCILITE as an association and to disseminate research findings and best practice.

Digital equity is a vital consideration in higher education. In line with the Bradley Report (2008), higher education institutions are aiming to widen participation for certain equity groups including those from low socio-economic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Australians among others. In addition, there are differences in the use and adoption of technologies between genders, with women being less likely to access both technology and the internet. As universities strive to recruit an ever more diverse student cohort, they are struggling to meet those cohorts’ needs in terms of technology and access.

The aims of the Digital Equity SIG are to:

  • Identify and explore the issues, challenges and opportunities relating to digital equity and to bring these to the attention of ASCILITE members and the broader higher education community
  • Provide guidance and advice to members on issues relating to digital equity
  • Foster the development of initiatives, innovation and practices relating to digital equity
  • Foster collaboration around digital equity projects, publications and practices

How to Get Involved

Use this simple form to sign-up and to stay abreast of SIG developments. ASCILITE SIGs are open to members and non-members and there are no fees to join.

Welcome & ‘Blue Sky’ Planning webinar, 1 March 2018

This webinar was a continuation of the launch of the ASCILITE Digital Equity SIG at the ASCILITE 2017 conference with a focus on planning for 2018 and beyond. Several exciting plans already in store were announced.

The session was facilitated by Dr Julie Willems (RMIT University) and A.Prof Helen Farley (USQ). Helen Farley’s current research is focused on improving digital literacies for incarcerated students through the use of digital learning technologies. Julie Willems’ research has a focus on educational equity and digital technologies, particularly in higher education.

Contact the SIG leaders below if you would like to know more about the session and what was discussed.

Planned SIG Activities

  • Webinars relating to the various aspects of Digital Equity
  • Workshop at the ASCILITE conference
  • Joint publications
  • Social media and blog submissions

SIG Contacts

Dr Julie Willems
RMIT Learning & Teaching Academy
RMIT University
Phone: 03 9925 4298

Associate Professor Helen Farley
Digital Life Lab
University of Southern Queensland
Phone: 07 4631 1738


Institutional Members