From access to success: improving the higher education learning experience for incarcerated students

Wake, Malcolm and Farley, Helen and Bedford, Tas and Murphy, Angela (2013) From access to success: improving the higher education learning experience for incarcerated students. In: 11th Biennial Australasian Corrections Education Association Conference (ACEA 2013): The Learning Prison. Correctional Education in the 21st Century, 29 Sep-1 Oct 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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Higher education institutions are increasingly relying on digital technologies that require internet access to support learning and teaching, particularly from a distance. Disadvantaged student groups that do not have access to the internet, such as incarcerated students, are often excluded as a result. This paper reports on a project that will develop and trial a sustainable and innovative learning management system (LMS) called Stand-Alone Moodle (SAM) that is able to operate without internet access. SAM will enable institutions to provide these students with similar course materials, activities and support available to other students, thereby improving the quality of the student learning experience. SAM will be trialled within a Queensland correctional centre and evaluated using a design-based research methodology. The findings and recommendations from the project will be disseminated to learning institutions and correctional centres across Australia to encourage equitable access to education for disadvantaged students. The digital literacies of staff and students, the maintenance of the technology and sufficient access to computer labs all had to be accommodated within the design of the project.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Other)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No part of this publication may be reproduced in full or in part without the permission of the 11th Biennial ACEA Conference Committee. Workshop no. 39.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 10 May 2014 09:28
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 04:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital literacies; incarcerated students; prison education; digital inclusion; digital divide; Moodle; elearning; blended learning; mobile learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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