Using Portable Moodle and eReaders to  Enhance Learning at a Distance for       Incarcerated Offenders  Helen Farley, Des ...
USQ’s MissionEnable broad participation in higher education:    – Quality professional education opportunities that are   ...
accessible, flexible and borderless …
Incarcerated offenders      face additionalchallenges to those faced by most other students studying at a distance.Lack of...
The learning landscape is changing…  Increased online                                         Difficulties providing  cour...
Enrolment of correctional  students in the TPP  course at USQ haveincreased by 92% since1990 with 256 in QLD in         20...
Choice of courses is increasingly influenced by the extent to which a course requires internet access• Materials are deliv...
University of Southern Queensland  mutually beneficial partnerships ….Queensland Corrective                          Serco...
The project consists of 2 components:         Stand Alone Moodle                                                   e-Reade...
innovation….
Stand Alone Moodle (SAM)                 • Offline course content                 • Replication of USQ’s                  ...
SAM Features• Open Source application• Open source virtual machine• Packaged with content• Internal interaction but no  ex...
E-Readers        • Extends learning beyond          the computer lab into          personal time.        • Ownership of ow...
ePub• Open format may give flexibility• Convert existing content• Compatible with mobile online  delivery
meet the challenges of a rapidly      changing world….
Project Prototype• Trial project• 17 students• Southern Queensland  Correctional Centre in Gatton.• TPP7120 Studying to Su...
26% of the studentsenrolled in the TPP at thestart of the 2010 academic  year were offenders in           custody.74% were...
fulfilling experiences….
Expected outcome…• e-literacy and e-research skills  required in future studies and  work environments.• Reduced workload ...
Enhanced potential for active, asynchronous and               social learning                            •   Thinking and ...
Learning designers haveaccess to current technologies   whereas students may bestruggling with technology that    is old, ...
fulfilling lives….            “From a scholarly perspective, prison education reduces            recidivism, enhances life...
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Incarcerated offenders face a number of additional challenges to those faced by most other students studying at a distance. Lack of internet access is especially problematic for those studying in a sector that is increasingly characterised by online course offerings.

This paper outlines a project underway at the University of Southern Queensland and the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre in Gatton that is aimed at addressing this challenge. A standalone version of Moodle is being developed that will run on a server and an isolated network of computers within the education centre of the prison. Satellite Moodle will run independently of the internet and will not be able to connect to any computers or networks outside the education centre. The features of Moodle will be modified to allow students to access their coursework and engage in forum discussions. Library resources and course readings will be provided on eReaders, without internet connectivity.

It is expected that the project will result in numerous benefits, among them: students will be participating in learning experiences more closely related to those experienced by students outside of the prison system; they will be learning relevant IT skills, e-literacy and e-research skills; USQ will be fulfilling its obligation in relation to equity of access; and will be addressing the Federal Government’s agenda of increasing participation by socially and economically disadvantaged groups in higher education. Satellite Moodle will also enable USQ to provide internet independent versions of courses to students in other areas that do not have access to the internet.

Moodlemoot 2012 Theme: •Slip, Slop, Slap - Breaking Barriers The project supports at risk students in the form of incarcerated students who are often from Indigenous or low socio-economic backgrounds.

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Moodle moot using portable moodle and ereaders to enhance learning

  1. 1. Using Portable Moodle and eReaders to Enhance Learning at a Distance for Incarcerated Offenders Helen Farley, Des Janke, Angela Murphy, Jonathon Fowler
  2. 2. USQ’s MissionEnable broad participation in higher education: – Quality professional education opportunities that are accessible, flexible and borderless; – Create fulfilling experiences for all students based on the commitment of skilled and caring staff; – Develop graduates who are positioned to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world; – Pursue world-class research, innovation and practice in sustainable futures; and – Engage with communities, business and government through ongoing and mutually beneficial partnerships.
  3. 3. accessible, flexible and borderless …
  4. 4. Incarcerated offenders face additionalchallenges to those faced by most other students studying at a distance.Lack of internet access isespecially problematic forthose studying in a sector that is increasingly characterised by online course offerings.
  5. 5. The learning landscape is changing… Increased online Difficulties providing course provision equivalent learning experiences to students Digital learning without internet access environments Interactivity and Difficult for incarcerated collaboration students to develop the skills required for Elimination of success in futureexceptions handling employment or studyWithdrawal of support Further exclusion of the for incarcerated already socially excluded students
  6. 6. Enrolment of correctional students in the TPP course at USQ haveincreased by 92% since1990 with 256 in QLD in 2010.
  7. 7. Choice of courses is increasingly influenced by the extent to which a course requires internet access• Materials are delivered to students in hard copy format and CD roms.• Educational officers are responsible for researching and printing learning material and liaising with the university.• Limited access to resources and opportunities for obtaining digital literacy and researching skills.• Students study independently with little opportunity for collaboration or discussion with peers.• Increasing demands on USQ lecturers, library and student support personnel to provide alternative materials and activities and print and post the resources and materials required by students.
  8. 8. University of Southern Queensland mutually beneficial partnerships ….Queensland Corrective Serco Australia - SouthernServices (QCS) Queensland CorrectionalDepartment for Correctional Centre (SQCC)Services (DCS)
  9. 9. The project consists of 2 components: Stand Alone Moodle e-Readers (SAM)• Internet-independent version of • Coursework materials the USQ StudyDesk • Relevant library resources• Loaded directly onto a virtual computer within the education • Provided to students to take centre’s computer network back to their cells• No access to prison computers • No access to 3G or Wi-Fi or outside world • No SD card slot • No removable batteries
  10. 10. innovation….
  11. 11. Stand Alone Moodle (SAM) • Offline course content • Replication of USQ’s study environment • Research & digital literacy skills • Engagement & collaboration • Comparable experience
  12. 12. SAM Features• Open Source application• Open source virtual machine• Packaged with content• Internal interaction but no external integration• Future is efficient data exchange
  13. 13. E-Readers • Extends learning beyond the computer lab into personal time. • Ownership of own research and learning. • Advanced search skills. • Experience with digital technology and digital literacy skills.
  14. 14. ePub• Open format may give flexibility• Convert existing content• Compatible with mobile online delivery
  15. 15. meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world….
  16. 16. Project Prototype• Trial project• 17 students• Southern Queensland Correctional Centre in Gatton.• TPP7120 Studying to Succeed within the Tertiary Preparation Program.• Prospective students over 18 and can’t gain entry via traditional pathways.• Trial commences in Semester 2, 16 July 2012.
  17. 17. 26% of the studentsenrolled in the TPP at thestart of the 2010 academic year were offenders in custody.74% were in Queensland correctional centres.
  18. 18. fulfilling experiences….
  19. 19. Expected outcome…• e-literacy and e-research skills required in future studies and work environments.• Reduced workload and more efficient use of time for USQ staff.• Reduced costs, particularly printing and resources.• Improved access to materials required for successful completion of coursework.• Improved employment opportunities.
  20. 20. Enhanced potential for active, asynchronous and social learning • Thinking and reflection • Conversation and interaction • Experience and activity • Evidence and demonstration
  21. 21. Learning designers haveaccess to current technologies whereas students may bestruggling with technology that is old, unreliable or non- existent. These technologies offer transferable solutions that broaden rather than narrow the access to education.
  22. 22. fulfilling lives…. “From a scholarly perspective, prison education reduces recidivism, enhances life skills, and is a cost-effective method of crime reduction…” But from a humane and ethical perspective, prison education allows those who want to change their lifestyle the opportunity to do so.” Christopher Zoukis , former prisoner and contemporary authorSource: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/8/prweb8703640.htm /
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