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.