Closing the digital divide: using digital technologies for incarcerated students

Farley, Helen (2015) Closing the digital divide: using digital technologies for incarcerated students. In: 2015 Digital Literacy Forum, State Library of Queensland, 02 June 2015, Brisbane, Australia.


Higher education institutions are increasingly relying on digital technologies that require internet access to support learning and teaching, particularly from a distance. Disadvantaged student groups that are financially unable to afford technology and broadband access or are prohibited from accessing the internet, such as incarcerated students, are often excluded as a result. This paper describes four projects that attempt to overcome these difficulties by using eBook readers and tablet computers, but also by developing and trialling a sustainable and innovative learning management system (LMS) called Stand-Alone Moodle (SAM), that is able to operate without internet access for use by incarcerated students. These technologies enable institutions to provide these students with similar course materials, activities and support available to traditional students, thereby improving the quality of the student learning experience. These technologies were trialled within select Queensland correctional centres and evaluated using a design-based research methodology. The findings and recommendations from the project are being disseminated to learning institutions and correctional centres across Australia to encourage equitable access to education for disadvantaged students.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 04:59
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 02:03
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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