Digital learning for prison students: the state of play

Pike, Anne and Farley, Helen and Hopkins, Susan (2015) Digital learning for prison students: the state of play. In: Global Corrections Digital Technology Conference: Technology in Corrections: Challenges for the Future, 27-29 May 2015, Barcelona, Spain.

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Education is seen as one of the puzzle pieces in any strategy to improve reintegration and reduce recidivism. However, education providers are increasingly turning to the online provision of course materials and activities. This excludes prisoners from participating in transformative education as the internet is often prohibited. Given this fundamental mismatch between online education and access to internet in prisons, universities are increasingly looking for ways to ensure effective digital delivery of their courses. This paper outlines innovative solutions from two higher education institutions on opposite sides of the world, both with a track record of providing higher education to prisoners. The OU's 'walled garden' and Open Educational Resources with the UK's Virtual Campus and the Australian internet-independent LMS coupled with tablet computers, are just some of the technologies being trialled which could be repackaged for other contexts and countries.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2015 European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services. Abstract only.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 00:30
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 01:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital learning; higher education; prison students
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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