Digital technologies for learning in prisons: a tale of four projects

Farley, Helen (2015) Digital technologies for learning in prisons: a tale of four projects. In: Prisoners' Education Trust Academic Symposium 2015, 09 June 2015, Cambridge, UK.


As universities become increasingly reliant on the online delivery of courses for distance education, those students without access to the internet are increasingly marginalised. Among those most marginalised are incarcerated students who are often from low socio-economic status backgrounds and have limited access to resources. This article reports on four projects that incrementally build on each other, three of which are completed, at the University of Southern Queensland that seek to provide access to higher education for incarcerated students. These projects developed a modified version of Moodle which doesn’t require internet access, but provides the same level of access and interactivity as regular Moodle. EBook readers were also used in two of the projects. A description of the projects, a summary of the results and issues is provided. The projects will be extended to deploy the modified Moodle and personal devices to correctional centres across Australia with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 06:34
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 03:10
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 > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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