E-learning incarcerated: the social and cultural context of mobile and digital learning in Queensland correctional centres

Hopkins, Susan (2013) E-learning incarcerated: the social and cultural context of mobile and digital learning in Queensland correctional centres. In: 11th Biennial Australasian Corrections Education Association Conference : the Learning Prison, Correctional Education in the 21st Century (ACEA 2013), 29 Sep - 1 Oct 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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Projects which extend information and communications technology for prisoner education face challenges which go beyond ICT issues and relate to the social, cultural and affective climate of correctional centres. This paper has developed out of the recent trial of new mobile learning technologies including internet-independent e-readers loaded with Tertiary Preparation Program course content within five Queensland Correctional Centres. Through the application of critical theories within the sociology of education it suggests, however, technology alone cannot enhance learning unless it is embedded within a learning program which takes account of the student-prisoner's need for positive social exchange, reflection, self-growth, identity, purpose, meaning and autonomy.
While the internet and its digital cultures may carry connotations of connectedness, openness, fluidity and reinvention, incarcerated adult distance education students still confront many more traditional barriers to full participation. The challenge is to ensure incarcerated students are not left behind in this digital age and to balance institutional priorities such as order and security against opportunities for authentic, current, relevant and transformative learning experiences. One partial solution may be to include the prisoners themselves as co-researchers and co-producers of content in the design of digitised learning programs for incarcerated students.

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Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2014 00:18
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2017 02:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: prison education; incarcerated students; social equity; equity in higher education; mobile learning; mobile and blended learning; moodle; learning management system; social inclusion; digital divide; tablet computing; Australian and Torres Strait Islander education
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 > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25273

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