Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Digital Equity SIG

Digital Equity SIG members (December 2017)

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

2018 Meetings

Digital Equity SIG online meetings are facilitated by Dr Julie Willems (Monash University) and/or 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.

The first online meeting in 2018 was a welcome and “Blue Sky” planning session and a continuation of the launch of the SIG at the ASCILITE 2017 conference.

If you are interested in attending future online meetings, refer to the dates below and sign-up under “How to Get Involved” below so that we can include you in meeting invites.

  • 1 March MeetingMeeting notes 1 >>
  • 15 May Meeting:  Meeting notes 2 >>
  • 10 July Meeting: Meeting notes 3 >>
  • Tuesday 10 July, 11am (Melbourne time)
  • Wednesday 15 August, 11am (Melbourne time)
  • Thursday 13 September, 11am (Melbourne time)
  • Tuesday 9 October, 11am (Melbourne time;)
  • 25 – 28 November @ ASCILITE 2018 at a time TBC (F2F + online)
  • SIG meal together @ ASCILITE 2018 (25 – 28 November at a time TBC)

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.

Planned SIG Activities

  • Webinars and online meetings 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
Monash University

Associate Professor Helen Farley
University of Southern Queensland


Institutional Members