Enhancing educational opportunity for prisoners by providing a simulated online learning environment

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Bedford, Tas and Orth, Gary. 2013. "Enhancing educational opportunity for prisoners by providing a simulated online learning environment." Becker, Anthony (ed.) 11th Biennial Australasian Corrections Education Association Conference : the Learning Prison, Correctional Education in the 21st Century (ACEA 2013). Sydney, Australia 29 Sep - 01 Oct 2013 Sydney, Australia.
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Enhancing educational opportunity for prisoners by providing a simulated online learning environment

Presentation TypeOther
AuthorsBedford, Tas (Author) and Orth, Gary (Author)
EditorsBecker, Anthony
Journal or Proceedings Title11th Biennial Australasian Corrections Education Association International Conference (ACEA 2013)
Year2013
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.acea.org.au
Conference/Event11th Biennial Australasian Corrections Education Association Conference : the Learning Prison, Correctional Education in the 21st Century (ACEA 2013)
Event Details
11th Biennial Australasian Corrections Education Association Conference : the Learning Prison, Correctional Education in the 21st Century (ACEA 2013)
Event Date
29 Sep 2013 to end of 01 Oct 2013
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

This paper outlines the development and trial of a project that aims to provide incarcerated students with opportunities to experience an electronic learning environment of a type increasingly used to deliver formal education programs online, especially in higher education. Generally, prisoners in Australian jurisdictions cannot directly access such learning environments. Consequently, they are experiencing increasing disadvantage regarding their opportunity to acquire advanced education and vocational qualifications. The positive relationship between prisoner acquisition of education/vocational qualifications and reduced recidivism has been well documented in the literature. The project involves use of an internet-independent version of StudyDesk, the Moodle-based learning management system of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). This version of StudyDesk is referred to as Stand Alone Moodle (SAM). In the partnership project between USQ, Queensland Corrective Services (QCS), Serco Asia-Pacific, and Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC), a particular USQ course SAM is being trialled with students at SQCC. In addition to describing the initial development of the project, the paper briefly canvasses the difficulties that had to be overcome in implementing the trial including the modification of the online course StudyDesk so it could function as a SAM. It then outlines intended future development of the project.

Keywordsdigital literacies; incarcerated students; prison education; digital inclusion; digital divide; Moodle; elearning; blended learning; mobile learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390303. Higher education
440202. Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
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No part of this publication may be reproduced in full or in part without the permission of the 11th Biennial ACEA Conference Committee.
Workshop no. 4.

Byline AffiliationsOpen Access College
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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