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Back to Basics: Quality in Digital Learning
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Washington, D.C. | 2021 | 30 p.
Alejandra Acosta; Iris Palmer; Lupita Romo-González
Corporate author: 
New America; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Europe and North America
© New America 2021

The pandemic was, in some ways, a sneak preview of higher education’s future, one in which technology-mediated and -enabled education is ubiquitous, but with the potential for deep inequities in access to high-quality learning. This report describes some of the ways in which higher education succeeded and fell short during the remarkable 2020–21 year of distance learning. It proposes a trio of federal policy changes to build the ecosystem needed for online learning to ensure it is more equitable for students of color and low-income students, and to improve the quality for everyone (Acosta et al., 2021, p. 6).


Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Higher education


Quality education; Distance learning; Digital learning