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The Digital Divide in the Age of Covid-19

We live in the age of technology. This is a time of great advancement and connection: As the world becomes even smaller and markets become increasingly global, opportunity grows for those who may not have entered into their market through the internet. This is also a period of elite division: As tech research advances and more people gain access to new technologies, a rift emerges. Those who have access to the most current technology have a great advantage over those who do not. This book aims to shed light on this divide as it affects education. In a recent TEDx talk, I discussed the digital divide and how this gap creates a gulch of preparedness in students. This book aims to raise awareness of this divide. If you’re existing on one side of the rift, you may not realize that there’s another side or how they are being impacted.

This book is also being written during the COVID-19 global pandemic. During this time, we are witnessing an enormous shift from working in the office and studying in the classroom to both working and studying remotely. The digital divide becomes even more relevant during this crisis; students who don’t have reliable internet access cannot view lectures, join group meetings, among other limitations. The goal is to bring the digital divide to light and offer solutions to mitigate the disparity between students in different circumstances.

Mfon Akpan

Mfon Akpan is Assistant Professor of Accounting. Mr. Akpan’s area of expertise is generating an estimated valuation of earned social media from corporate social responsibility engagement to generate an estimated return on investment and trend analysis. His professional activities include serving as a steering committee member for the American Accounting Association’s (AAA) Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA) and planning committee member for the AAA’s Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section (TLC). He is a five-time TEDx speaker, and his most recent TEDx talk gives practical steps on how we can return to life after the COVID-19 pandemic. Mfon is a doctoral candidate in Accountancy at Indiana Wesleyan University.