Making the connection: allowing access to digital higher education in a correctional environment

Farley, Helen and Macdonald, John and Hopkins, Susan and Dove, Sharron and Abraham, Catherine and Cox, Jacinta and Seymour, Stephen and Lee, Chris and Patching, Louise (2015) Making the connection: allowing access to digital higher education in a correctional environment. In: 32nd Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference: Globally Connected, Digitally Enabled (ASCILITE 2015), 29 Nov-02 Dec 2015, Perth, Australia.

Abstract

In most Australian correctional jurisdictions, prisoners are not allowed access to the internet precluding them from participating in higher education online. This paper reports on an Australian government-funded project, Making the Connection, which is taking digital technologies, that don’t require internet access, into correctional centres to enable prisoners to enroll in a suite of pre-tertiary and undergraduate programs. A version of the University of Southern Queensland’s learning management system has been installed onto the education server of participating correctional centres. The second stage of the project will see notebook computers preloaded with course materials, allocated to participating prisoners. At the time of writing, the project has been deployed at eight correctional centres in Queensland and Western Australia, with negotiations underway for further rollout to Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. It is expected that the technologies and processes developed for this project will enable the delivery of higher education to other cohorts without access to reliable internet access.


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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 04:30
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 05:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: correctional education; digital inclusion; digital divide; higher education; digital equity
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28714

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