Ethical Issues in eLearning – Digital Divide

In an information society, information accessibility is a critical issue which must be discussed in terms of the gap between the digital haves and have nots, a gap expressed in the term digital divide. Digital divide refers to the gap between those who have access to the Internet and other information technology and those who do not.

There are many reasons why a digital divide exists. The barriers are evident when individuals (1) are unable to afford Internet access from home, (2) find e learning content that is difficult to comprehend, (3) find e learning content that is not culturally-relevant. It is important to note that people with disabilities often confront more barriers in e learning than others.