Identifying Challenges in Ensuring Digital Equity

School district leader recognizes challenges in ensuring digital equity at the school district level.
Made by Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The school district leader creates or adapts a survey to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges experienced by a key stakeholder group in his or her school district.

Method Components

Identifying Challenges in Ensuring Digital Equity is the second micro-credential in the Digital Equity stack:

  1. Foundations of Digital Equity: Understanding the Homework Gap
  2. Identifying Challenges in Ensuring Digital Equity
  3. Engaging Stakeholders to Address Gaps in Digital Equity
  4. Creating a District Plan for Digital Equity
  5. Implementing a District Plan for Digital Equity

School districts face an array of challenges in ensuring digital equity for their students, particularly as more and more assignments require Internet access during out-of-school hours. Districts need to have a clear sense of the capabilities of their students’ families to provide broadband access on a consistent basis, and must have an understanding of why this capability might not exist. In order to do so, districts can begin by surveying students, parents, community members, and others about the realities of their home Internet capabilities. Districts can then use the results of these surveys to help inform the development (or modification) of a plan to help ensure digital equity among all of their students.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Mardis, M. (2016). Beyond the Glow: Children’s Broadband Access, Digital Learning Initiatives, and Academic Achievement in Rural Florida. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 25(1), 53-74. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).


  • How Digital Equity Can Help Close the Homework Gap, Marie Bjerede and Keith R. Krueger
  • Community Technology Survey: Overcoming the Digital Equity Gap, City of Minneapolis

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a “Yes” for Parts 1, 2, and 3. Through any of a variety of methods (written, scanned, audio, video, and/or multimedia), you must demonstrate an understanding of the challenges in ensuring digital equity and create a survey that will help you understand some of these challenges that are experienced by a key audience in your district.

Part 1. Overview Questions

Identify three or more potential challenges that your school district might encounter related to digital equity (or the “homework gap”) and provide an explanation for why these challenges might exist. Your examples can be hypothetical or taken from the resources provided.ë_ (200-word limit)

Part 2. Evidence/Artifacts

To earn this micro-credential, create or modify an existing survey to learn more about the homework gap in the context of a key audience (e.g., parents, students, etc.) in your school district.

Part 3. Reflection

How did the process of developing the survey in Part 2 affect your thinking around some of the key challenges in ensuring digital equity in your school district? Feel free to submit this reflection in whatever format is most effective for you (e.g., text, audio, video, etc.).

Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)


Download to access the requirements and scoring guide for this micro-credential.
How to prepare for and earn this micro-credential - in a downloadable PDF document

Ready to get started?