4,000 internet connections and 1,500 laptops help students go online
As it prepares to make the shift to online teaching and learning in response to COVID-19 restrictions, digital equity among students has never been more critical for Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
AUT Vice-Chancellor, Derek McCormack has announced the university is underlining its commitment to access by providing computer equipment and broadband to thousands of its students.
“AUT is deeply committed to being a university of access and inclusion. Around 20% of our students live in parts of Auckland that score 9 or 10 on the New Zealand Deprivation Index.”
During the four-week study break, AUT canvassed students to establish their digital needs. The survey indicated that six percent of AUT students do not have a laptop, tablet or PC at home that they can use for study purposes.
In addition, 17 percent of students do not have broadband at home in order to connect to online learning and support.
As a result, AUT is securing up to 1,500 laptops and purchasing up to 4,000 connectivity packages to enable our students with identified technological barriers to continue their studies.
“AUT has endeavoured to ensure that all of our students are in the best position possible to access digital resources.
“Supporting our students are at the heart of our decision-making. As a student-centred university, we are committed to ensuring that all our students have the best chance possible to achieve their educational goals,” said Derek.
Throughout Alert Level 4 our AUT Students Association continues to work alongside AUT being a part of these discussions and advocating on behalf of our student community.
“We are pleased concerns about digital access have been addressed as COVID-19 presents uncertainty and difficulties for our students. AUTSA recognises students will be relieved with this support to ensure their online learning is successful”, said AUTSA President, Sisifa Lui.