E-learning incarcerated: prison education and digital inclusion

Hopkins, Susan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1781-2382 and Farley, Helen (2015) E-learning incarcerated: prison education and digital inclusion. The International Journal of Humanities Education, 13 (2). pp. 37-45. ISSN 2327-0063


This paper explores an Australian trial of mobile learning technologies, including internet-independent eBook readers loaded with tertiary preparation materials, which attempted to improve access to tertiary courses and pathways for incarcerated students. Attempts to close the digital gap for incarcerated students however reveal deeper and persistent problems within the digitized and vocationalized university, economy, and society. While delivering economic efficiencies and flexibility for some, the digital revolution may also be reducing opportunities for the most marginalized of students such as incarcerated students and other groups without direct internet access. Education technology interventions which aim to prepare incarcerated students for the digital knowledge economy must also consider the situated context of the postmodern prison and the social, political and cultural practices and problems that emerge around the technology. In the face of neoliberal undercurrents fueling the vocationalization of prison education it is particularly necessary to recognize the inherent personal and social value of a humanities education. The challenge is to ensure incarcerated students are not left behind in this digital age and to balance institutional prison priorities such as order and security against opportunities for authentic and current learning experiences within the Humanities.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute (8 Dec 2010 - 6 Jul 2016)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute (8 Dec 2010 - 6 Jul 2016)
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2016 03:13
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2017 04:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; incarcerated students; digital literacy; digital inclusion
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440202 Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28730

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