ICT for prisoner education: the story of a trial project

Bedford, Tasman and Murphy, Angela and Farley, Helen (2013) ICT for prisoner education: the story of a trial project. In: 1st Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference (FABENZ 2012): Create and Collaborate , 3-4 Dec 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

This paper tells the story of a collaborative trial project between the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Queensland Corrective Services, from its inception to the present stage of near completion. The project involved the use of internet-independent ICT for prisoner education. A major aim was to enable prisoners to greatly enhance their employment and further education prospects by developing their e-literacy/learning skills. The project involved the development of an internet-independent form of a USQ course Moodle site that could be placed on a correctional centre server intra-netted to computer labs for educational use by prisoners. Additionally, participating prisoners were individually supplied with internet-independent e-readers containing the course study materials. The trial commenced at the start of semester 2, 2012. Student support in the use of the Moodle site and the e-readers was provided by correctional centre staff and through regular visits by USQ Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) teachers. The evaluation plan for the trial included gathering weekly feedback from the students via an evaluation instrument in the Moodle site, and from the correctional centre staff. The paper provides an account of the numerous challenges encountered and overcome by the project team, and a summary evaluation of the trial project.


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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 06:47
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 04:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-readers; diversity and inclusion; epub; incarcerated students; digital divide; learning technologies; mobilities; mobile technology
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
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24039

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