The use of mobile technologies to overcome digital inequities in prison education: a pilot project

Farley, Helen and Murphy, Angela (2012) The use of mobile technologies to overcome digital inequities in prison education: a pilot project. In: 11th World Conference On Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2012), 16-18 Oct 2012, Helsinki, Finland.

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Incarcerated students face a number of additional challenges to those faced by most other students studying at a distance. Lack of internet access is especially problematic for those studying in a sector that is increasingly characterised by online and flexible course offerings. In this paper, we report on a project that will attempt to address the digital challenges that hinder access to higher education and provide inclusive learning experiences for incarcerated students. The trial utilises mobile yet secure digital technologies – namely Stand-Alone Moodle (SAM) and eBook readers – to improve access to resources and is about to be trialled with a small sample of incarcerated students participating in the Studying to Succeed course within the Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). In this paper, we discuss the current provision of higher education in prisons and the challenges resulting from increased reliance on mobile learning technologies in higher education generally. We discuss the potential of the trial project to address digital divide experienced by incarcerated students as compared to the general student population. It is hoped that students will be participating in learning experiences more closely related to those experienced by students outside of the prison system and they will be acquiring relevant e-literacy and e-research skills. In addition, USQ will be fulfilling its obligation in relation to equity of access; and will be addressing the Australian Government's agenda of increasing participation in higher education by socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2013 00:13
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 23:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital inclusion; distance learning; higher education; prisons; Moodle; e-book readers, m-learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080306 Open Software
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services

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