Making the connection: elearning and mobile learning for prisoners

Farley, Helen (2015) Making the connection: elearning and mobile learning for prisoners. In: Computers and Learning Research Group Annual Conference (CALRG), 15-17 June 2015, Milton Keynes, UK.


This paper reports on an Australian-government-funded project, Making the Connection, which facilitates participation in digital higher education in prisons with a view to reducing recidivism. Participation in education can help those incarcerated to develop critical thinking skills, digital literacies and the capacity for self-reflection. In addition, it promotes the prospects for employment on release and promotes positive connection to community and families. This helps reduce the risk of reoffending, by equipping people with the cognitive tools to engage constructively with families, communities and an increasingly digital society.

Most correctional jurisdictions prohibit the use of the internet by prisoners, yet most universities are increasingly reliant on the online provision of programs. This often results in the further marginalisation of those who are already marginalised, including prisoners. The Making the Connection project is developing an internet-independent version of the University of Southern Queensland learning management system which can be accessed by incarcerated students in the correctional centre education lab. Course materials will also be available on netbook computers which students can take back to their cells, to allow them to continue working after lockdown. A suite of higher education programs, including enabling and undergraduate programs, are being adapted for use with these technologies.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 06:28
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 03:11
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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