Providing simulated online and mobile learning experiences in a prison education setting: lessons learned from the PLEIADES pilot project

Farley, Helen and Murphy, Angela and Bedford, Tasman (2014) Providing simulated online and mobile learning experiences in a prison education setting: lessons learned from the PLEIADES pilot project. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 6 (1). pp. 17-32. ISSN 1941-8647

Abstract

This article reports on the preliminary findings, design criteria and lessons learned while developing and piloting an alternative to traditional print-based education delivery within a prison environment. PLEIADES (Portable Learning Environments for Incarcerated Distance Education Students), was designed to provide incarcerated students with access to internet-independent secure digital and mobile technologies. An internet-independent version of Moodle was developed to complement course readings deployed on eReaders. The aim of the project was to increase access to and participation in higher education courses that are increasingly offered exclusively online. The article begins with an overview of the current provision of education within prison environments and introduces the rationale for commencing the project. The research findings of the project trial are discussed and the paper concludes with the lessons learned and implications for further research, development and implementation.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 IGI Global. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 05:17
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 05:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital inclusion; distance learning; higher education; prisons; stand alone Moodle; eReaders; mobile learning; design-based research; incarcerated students
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/ijmbl.2014010102
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24859

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