Transforming Geographies of Online Learning in Canadian Public Schools

Authors: Beyhan Farhadi*, York University
Topics: Social Geography, Canada
Keywords: geographies of education, public education, policy, online education, e-learning
Session Type: Virtual Lightning Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 47
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Online education in Canada was accessed almost exclusively by affluent and well resourced students prior to the COIVD-19 pandemic. Since schools have reopened, provinces responsible for the provision of public education have relied on online models of delivering curriculum to meet the demand of families who do not feel safe sending their children back to school. This presentation will review the changes that have taken place in access to online education, consistent with geographies of health in which racial health disparities have made Indigenous, Black and racialized communities more vulnerable to COVID-19. I apply a framework of critical policy analysis to understand the context and consequences of this mass migration to online education across the country.

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