Roughly 42% of lower-income Americans do not have broadband internet or a computer at home. Many also lack the digital literacy to fully use online tools to complete homework, apply for jobs, register to vote, and access healthcare. This course examines these issues through the lens of human rights and social justice while exploring how public libraries and government policy can affect the digital divide. Through case study analysis, group discussion, and field research, students design their own technology outreach plan that serves communities more likely to face obstacles in navigating our increasingly digital world.
Students who take this course have the option to propose their outreach plan as an independent service learning project.
Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0