September 7, 2023
OUSA Publishes Issue 17 of Educated Solutions:
Our Evolving Partner in Education: Technology in Post-Secondary
TORONTO - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has released Issue 17 of its annual magazine, Educated Solutions. This year's edition focuses on the role of technology in Ontario’s post-secondary sector, and the various areas that the government, stakeholders, and institutions must consider as they develop their strategic visions for the sector.
“As we continue to explore the possibilities and confront the challenges of technology-enabled education, conversations around its accessible and equitable use will play a vital role in shaping the future of post-secondary education,” said Vivian Chiem, President of OUSA and the Vice-President: Government & Stakeholder Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union.“It is imperative that we work collectively to build a system that empowers learners, fosters innovation, and prepares individuals to thrive in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.”
The rapid advancements in technology have sparked conversations about how the post-secondary education landscape is transforming. This transformation is not only inevitable but also essential for staying relevant in today's rapidly changing world. Given that technology-enabled education presents various possibilities and challenges, we must engage in critical conversations around the need to cultivate a more accessible, affordable, accountable, and high-quality technology-enabled education system. These considerations encompass many facets of post-secondary education, as this year's authors write about a diverse range of topics such as privacy, hybrid learning, mental health, AI and personalized learning, and technology Literacy, among many others.
"While technology offers unprecedented opportunities to revolutionize education, it also highlights disparities in access and equitable use," said Ananya Gupta, Research and Policy Analyst at OUSA. "Going forward, sector stakeholders must work together and take measures to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to reap the benefits of technology-enabled learning."
Each year, Educated Solutions gives post-secondary stakeholders across Ontario an opportunity to provide their thoughts, opinions, and insights on issues affecting Ontario’s post-secondary education system. OUSA hopes that the diverse perspectives in this year’s edition will offer insight into how all post-secondary sector leaders and partners can work together to shape the future of post-secondary in ways that enhance the collective student experience. "As we usher in a new generation of learners this September, we must ensure the education they are receiving evolves with the world around them," said Octavia Andrade-Dixon, Research and Policy Analyst at OUSA. "Through collaboration between sector stakeholders and student voices, we can use the lessons of the pandemic to guarantee we use technology as the valuable tool that it is with all parties' best interests in mind."
Issue 17 of Educated Solutions can be found here
About: OUSA represents the interests of 160,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at nine student associations across Ontario. Our vision is for an accessible, affordable, accountable, and high-quality post-secondary education in Ontario.
Tiffany Li Wu
Communications & Operations Coordinator
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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