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162 On Demand – Let’s Talk About the Digital Divide

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM PT
Monday, November 15

Learning 2021 on-demand sessions are recorded videos you can access starting at this date and time, and watch at your own convenience.

The digital divide is widening due to COVID-19, and there are many barriers to access, not just technological. Successful hybrid or fully online programs require reliable access to technology (hardware and connectivity) and other related resources such as space, time, and familial support. Many times educators will plan online learning experiences without the knowledge of barriers to access and learner needs and then the learners are not able to participate, learn effectively or complete the courses. We will explore best practices in online learning by describing exemplar learning journeys comprised of asynchronous and synchronous sessions. We will then outline the barriers to access learners may face and provide solutions to enable learners to successfully experience their learner journeys.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About barriers to access beyond technology, such as competing priorities or lack of support
  • Strategies for overcoming these barriers
  • Best practices and specific steps to prepare learners for online or hybrid learning

Kelly Cassaro

Chief of Learning

Generation: You Employed

Kelly Cassaro leads the curriculum & instruction team globally at Generation, a global education-to-employment nonprofit. She has been with the organization, which works to connect people who face systemic barriers to thriving livelihoods, since 2016. She previously worked for 15-plus years in various educational leadership roles, including as Chief Academic Officer and Managing Director of Instructional Leadership development for urban charter schools and nonprofit management companies in NYC. Kelly holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Bank Street School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio Wesleyan University.