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Date of this Version

Spring 6-2-2014

Citation

Marrall, R. M. (2014). “Teaching the Digital Divide: Connecting Students to Community, Knowledge, and Service Learning.”

Abstract

This article addresses the purpose, the organization, and results of an experimental credit-bearing upper division service-learning course at a Master’s granting university, entitled LIBR 397: The Digital Divide. In addition to reviewing collegiate efforts on teaching the Digital Divide within the United States, this article also provides an overview of the challenges and successes associated with teaching such a course. In conclusion, the unique nature of the LIBR 397 course prompted students to see firsthand the complexities inherent in the Digital Divide phenomenon within the United States. Incorporation of service learning projects into a college course takes additional effort, primarily around planning and communication, but is a useful strategy for combining practice and theory in an academic setting – collegiate or otherwise.

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