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eLearning in prisons – is Internet access a human right?

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Experts in offender learning were brought together yesterday at the Open University in a COLMSCT Colloquium organised by Anne Pike. The presentations from Germany and Sweden in particular were of great interest as they’re further ahead than in England and Wales, where most of the other participants in the session were based. Lena Axellson and […]

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Offender Learners and the Digital Divide

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A vibrant workshop took place yesterday on this subject with representatives from across the OU, a lot of prisons and various other agencies. There was a great desire to ensure we maintain prisoners’ access to OU courses as these increasingly involve Internet-based activities (see previous post). To give an idea of the scale of this […]

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Doin’ time in the Scrubs

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I was invited to Wormwood Scrubs today to see its educational facilities and look at an initiative called POLARIS which is introducing tightly controlled access to educational websites for offender learners in most of the London prisons. Educating prisoners is a key part of the OU’s mission to “promote fair access for all” and needs […]