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Using e-learning to enhance education in correctional institutions in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Naude, Elsa Jorika Greyvensteyn, Karl G. 2015-07-03T10:41:11Z 2015-07-03T10:41:11Z 2014-11
dc.identifier.citation Greyvensteyn, Karl G. (2014) Using e-learning to enhance education in correctional institutions in South Africa, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The new millennium saw the explosion of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), coupled with the Internet as the way to communicate and gain knowledge. Traditional schooling has moved to open and distance e-learning and many educational institutions are offering these as alternatives. In correctional institutions the education centres have fallen behind in this regard. This dissertation is based on a participatory study that will show how open and distance e-learning can benefit inmates. The researcher has a unique perspective as he is himself, an inmate in a correctional centre in South Africa, and has first-hand knowledge and experience of the correctional institution environment. In-depth interviews with inmates and correctional officers were performed resulting in different views on the subject. A survey was conducted to ascertain inmates’ educational levels and their requirements. This study also determines what role the digital divide plays in the education of inmates or the lack thereof. The research indicates that education can reduce recidivism. With e-learning more inmates could receive education and become better prepared for life outside of the correctional institutions. This could result in them becoming productive members of society. The feedback obtained via interviews shows that the majority of inmates are eager to better themselves. The major problem is financing, and the struggle with communication with the distance learning institution. With e-leaning these two problems could easily be resolved. There are a good deal of educational resources available for free called Open Educational Resources (OER), and communication with the distance institutions can be exchanged via e-mail and/or video-conferencing. A major hurdle that would have to be overcome is to get the government of South Africa behind the drive to implement e-learning. The correctional institutions are the ideal environment to test whether South Africans will be receptive to e-learning. The research in other countries is overwhelmingly positive, and with a successful pilot project e-learning could be shown to be effective in bridging the digital divide en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 133 leaves) : illustrations (some color)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject ICTs en
dc.subject E-learning en
dc.subject Online learning en
dc.subject Collaborative learning en
dc.subject Open and distance e-learning en
dc.subject Education in correctional institutions en
dc.subject E-learning in correctional institutions en
dc.subject Digital divide en
dc.subject.ddc 371.3340869270968
dc.subject.lcsh Computer assisted instruction -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Prisoners -- Education -- South Africa en
dc.title Using e-learning to enhance education in correctional institutions in South Africa en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department School of Computing en M. Sc. (Information Systems)

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