Principles for adopting technology for best-in-class correctional education programs
Supporting in=person instruction
Technology presents an opportunity to expand access to a greater breadth of learning opportunities to incarcerated people, drive process efficiencies for correctional staff, and increase the amount of time learners can be actively engaged in coursework. It is important to acknowledge that even as agencies look to implement digital education programs, expanding access to in-person education programs still needs to be a top priority for correctional agencies. However, the choice between in-person and digital education is a false dichotomy.
Both in-person programs and digital access must be employed to realize a best-in-class correctional education program. Embracing current technology puts incarcerated learners at a distinct advantage in the job market and increases the odds of successful reintegration. Education technology can enable correctional agencies to meet their expanding rehabilitative and programming needs, while supporting existing staff and classroom resources.