Digital equity: Diversity, inclusion and access for incarcerated students in a digital age

Farley, Helen and Willems, Julie (2017) Digital equity: Diversity, inclusion and access for incarcerated students in a digital age. In: 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: Me, Us, IT! (ASCILITE 2017), 4 Dec - 6 Dec 2017, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Abstract

ELearning has been touted as the way in which universities can enable participation by large numbers of students from non-traditional cohorts. There is no doubt that the flexibility of access that eLearning allows makes study accessible for a number of cohorts, including those engaged in full-time work or caring duties. However, cohorts such as incarcerated students and other students without Internet access, are sitting on the wrong side of the digital divide and are increasingly marginalised by the very technology anticipated to overcome their exclusion from study. This paper examines the fundamental issues of equity involved with eLearning, and particularly for incarcerated students. The very issue of access to the Internet is fraught with rates of access varying widely between different sectors of society. This discussion prompts higher education providers to think beyond business-as-usual when speaking of increasing participation in higher education.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Digital Life Lab (7 Jul 2016 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Digital Life Lab (7 Jul 2016 -)
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 05:46
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2022 01:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, participation, digital inclusion, internet access, elearning, non-traditional cohorts, incarcerated students
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390407 Inclusive education
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48962

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