None of us are safe until all of us are safe: Global higher education, inclusion and the pandemic

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The Covid-19 pandemic has presented global higher education institutions with both tremendous challenges and golden opportunities . It has imposed upon those working in the sector numerous changes to their practice, especially their teaching and learning practice: sometimes changes that were already in train have been accelerated, sometimes entirely new approaches have had to be developed . While these have done much to redefine the relationship between student and teacher, the genuine threat they have posed to mental health and well-being cannot be ignored . Drawing on several pieces of recent published research, as well as insights from a World Bank-funded development project, this talk will explore how the teaching and learning of marginalised groups have been particularly badly impacted by new modalities introduced to ensure social distancing . It will consider practical issues facing learners in poorer countries as a result of the loss of face-to-face education and look at how the limitations of pandemic-friendly learning platforms impact upon the neurodiverse and other vulnerable people . In turning to the post-pandemic future, it will argue that many changes are here to stay, necessitating the opening of a debate about how those who have traditionally been underserved by education can be included in ways that meet their various individual needs .
Period1 Nov 2021
Held atAustralian College of Applied Professions, Australia
Degree of RecognitionInternational