Digital technologies for learning in prison: what one Australian university is doing

Farley, Helen (2016) Digital technologies for learning in prison: what one Australian university is doing. Custodial Review (77). pp. 19-21.


In most Australian correctional jurisdictions, prisoners are not allowed access to the internet precluding them from participating in higher education online. Making the Connection is an Australian government funded project which is taking digital technologies, that don’t require internet access, into prisons 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 prisons. The second stage of the project will see notebook computers preloaded with the learning management system and course materials, allocated to participating prisoners. At the time of writing, the project has been deployed at thirteen sites in Queensland and Western Australia, with a further three sites coming on board in time for semester I 2016 and negotiations underway for further rollout to Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © the Custodial Review.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 04:50
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 04:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital divide; digital literacy; digital literacies; learning management system; prison education; prisoner education; offender education; elearning; mobile learning; higher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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