Making the Connection: Allowing access to digital higher education in a correctional environment

Farley, Helen and Dove, Sharron and Seymour, Stephen and Macdonald, John and Abraham, Catherine and Lee, Chris and Hopkins, Susan and Cox, Jacinta and Patching, Louise (2015) Making the Connection: Allowing access to digital higher education in a correctional environment. In: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education (ascilite2015), 29 November - 2 December 2015, Perth, Australia.

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Abstract

In most Australian correctional jurisdictions, prisoners are not allowed access to the internet precluding them from participating in higher education online. This paper reports on an Australian government-funded project, Making the Connection, which is taking digital technologies, that don’t require internet access, into correctional centres 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 correctional centres. The second stage of the project will see notebook computers preloaded with course materials, allocated to participating prisoners. At the time of writing, the project has been deployed at eight correctional centres in Queensland and Western Australia, with negotiations underway for further rollout to Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. It is expected that the technologies and processes developed for this project will enable the delivery of higher education to other cohorts without access to reliable internet access.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: correctional education, digital inclusion, digital divide, higher education, digital equity
Subjects: Educational technology > Other educational technology
Divisions: Higher education, Universities, Vocational training, Colleges
Depositing User: Dr Michael de Raadt
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 00:36
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 00:52
URI: http://research.moodle.net/id/eprint/74

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