Guest Blog: Researchers Break Digital Barriers
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of Unscripted guest blogs highlighting the pandemic's impact on campus community members.
The pandemic’s impacts on our campus research ecosystem are many and varied. In his guest blog, Charles Wallace (CS) shares how not meeting in person illuminated a new opportunity.
For more than a decade, the tutors in the Building Adult Skills in Computing (BASIC) program met face to face with people in the community to help them become more digitally competent and confident. A big part of the program’s success was the in-person aspect of tutoring; personal contact relieved anxiety among learners and helped tutors better understand their issues.
The pandemic ended that. But it also revealed a new opportunity. For the Breaking Digital Barriers research group, the pandemic’s demand for digital literacy served as a calling.
Read the full story on Unscripted, the University's research blog.