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Online learning has revolutionized higher education over the past 20 years, but not all populations of learners have benefited equally from it. In this episode, we explore some of the historical factors that have impacted the success of African American students in the era of online learning and COVID-19.


00:30 – Intro
02:32 – The Digital Divide
04:50 – Equity In Online Learning
06:26 – Question of the Day

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