Enhancing educational opportunity for prisoners by providing a simulated online learning environment

Bedford, Tas and Orth, Gary (2013) Enhancing educational opportunity for prisoners by providing a simulated online learning environment. 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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This paper outlines the development and trial of a project that aims to provide incarcerated students with opportunities to experience an electronic learning environment of a type increasingly used to deliver formal education programs online, especially in higher education. Generally, prisoners in Australian jurisdictions cannot directly access such learning environments. Consequently, they are experiencing increasing disadvantage regarding their opportunity to acquire advanced education and vocational qualifications. The positive relationship between prisoner acquisition of education/vocational qualifications and reduced recidivism has been well documented in the literature. The project involves use of an internet-independent version of StudyDesk, the Moodle-based learning management system of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). This version of StudyDesk is referred to as Stand Alone Moodle (SAM). In the partnership project between USQ, Queensland Corrective Services (QCS), Serco Asia-Pacific, and Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC), a particular USQ course SAM is being trialled with students at SQCC. In addition to describing the initial development of the project, the paper briefly canvasses the difficulties that had to be overcome in implementing the trial including the modification of the online course StudyDesk so it could function as a SAM. It then outlines intended future development 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. 4.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2014 00:36
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2017 23:56
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
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25272

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