Bridging the Digital Divide Through Community Planning


The Digital Divide is the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have computers and internet access and those who do not. In the modern world, access to internet service is critical for people to conduct most areas of life and to ensure community economic development. Communities without robust access to computing and internet service experience roadblocks in education, healthcare, economic growth, and more. Both public and private entities such as state and local governments, anchor institutions (i.e. education, healthcare), community-based organizations, private companies, non-profits, and civic organizations play important roles in bridging this Digital Divide.

Attendees will learn to identify multidisciplinary approaches to identify the Digital Divide in their communities and support and develop efforts to increase access to broadband internet. Through a mixture of lecture and case studies, students will be able to: 

  • Understand technical definitions of broadband internet service and technologies
  • Develop a data-based assessment of internet access and adoption gaps in their community
  • Identify Federal and State programs that support universal service and broadband internet access and adoption
  • Identify potential partners and programs to reduce the Digital Divide, including public and private entities as well as other organizations, agencies, interest groups and coalitions
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Instruction Method
Online class

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Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to a real-time Q&A session with the instructor. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. Details regarding login information will be emailed on the course start date.

The course will be available on Canvas from February 9, 2022 - February 11, 2022. There will be a live session via Zoom on February 11, from 2:00PM - 4:00PM. 

We allow registration through the first morning of the course. We cannot extend course access beyond 11:59 PM on Friday 2/11, so students pursuing a late enrollment acknowledge that they will have less time to complete the materials. Please contact the course representative with any questions.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.


Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.