Offenders, E-learning in Prisons

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Can e-learning in prisons play a significant role in rebuilding the lives of offenders?

It is widely acknowledged that providing offenders with opportunities to enhance their skills greatly improves their chances of employment after release and therefore the likelihood of reducing re-offending. Does this apply to gaining those skills via e-learning as well?

Encompassing all forms of ‘Technology-Enhanced Learning’, including web-based, e-learning presents offenders with options not available in classroom teaching. An e-learning company states that the average reading age of their users is 12 and many have dyslexia, which causes them to fall behind. As they are too embarrassed to speak up, e-learning helps to overcome this problem as they learn independently, at a pace that suits them. It is flexible, it is available 24 hours per day; there is an element of self-control. More importantly, two skills are learned at once that can be used to continue learning and access e-services on release. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Human Capital Competency

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The Human Capital Side of Business

Competency (skills, behaviour, knowledge, experience and values) statements are a highly descriptive language that communicates strategy and performance improvement required of people in an organisation. They convert potentially disaffected members of the workforce into measurable and therefore manageable human capital. Once people become human capital the bias, familiarity and subjectivity towards them can be replaced by a fairer, more dispassionate, objective and efficient method of channelling their power. Using competencies to define human capital through role profiles enables all gaps between current and required state to be identified and addressed. Individual gaps are aggregated as an organizational capital risk. This gap becomes the liability on the corporate human capital balance sheet. It also defines what must be addressed to achieve business performance improvement. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>