Helen Sara Farley

Helen Sara Farley
University of Canterbury | UC · School of Law

BVSc, MA, MEd (ICT), PhD
A researcher and educator making a difference in corrections

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Introduction
Helen Farley was the Acting Director of the Digital Life Lab at the University of Southern Queensland. She has worked extensively in partnership with correctional jurisdictions across Australia to introduce digital technologies into prisons to provide access to secure digital education. Towards the end of 2018, she left the University of Southern Queensland to join the Department of Corrections Ara Poutama Aotearoa as the Practice Manager Education and Training for the Southern Region.
Additional affiliations
October 2016 - October 2016
University of Southern Queensland 
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
April 2013 - present
University of Southern Queensland 
Position
  • Research Leadership Development Program
November 2012 - present
University of Southern Queensland
Position
  • OLT Innovation and Development Grant: From Access to Success: Improving the Higher Education Learning Experience for Students without Internet Access
Description
  • The aim of the project is to develop and evaluate an alternative approach to online instruction that will widen access to higher education for students without reliable internet access.
Education
January 2008 - June 2009
Macquarie University
Field of study
  • ICT
January 2004 - December 2005
The University of Queensland
Field of study
  • Higher Education
March 2003 - May 2007
The University of Queensland
Field of study
  • Studies in Religion

Publications

Publications (246)
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While incarcerated students have always faced many obstacles to full and effective participation in university study, the global shift toward paperless e-learning environments has created new challenges for prisoners without direct internet access. Based on prison focus groups with Australian incarcerated students and direct participant observation...
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Space, time and movement have particular meanings and significance for Australian prisoners attempting higher education while incarcerated. In a sense, the prison is another ‘world’ or ‘country’ with its own spatial and temporal arrangements and constraints for incarcerated university students. The contemporary digital university typically presuppo...
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Amnesty International has identified soaring Indigenous incarceration rates as one of the most significant social justice and policy issues facing Australia. Indigenous Australians are twelve times more likely to be incarcerated than other Australians, mostly due to high recidivism rates. While a higher education qualification can significantly dec...
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Postgraduate students who are attempting to complete their study while being incarcerated face a unique set of administrative, social, and academic challenges which can significantly impact their progress. University educators are very often unaware of the particular circumstances of these incarcerated postgraduate students and fail to provide adeq...
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Affordable hardware and increased processing power have resulted in a surge in the number and adoption of virtual reality applications and immersive virtual environments. These applications are able to immerse the user in an environment other than that of their immediate geographical location. The one population that is unable to move even within t...
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This paper examined stories associated with noise or sound in Stuff, a popular news website. It aimed to determine if the news articles presented an accurate description of the technical aspects of the problems and reflected an understanding of the legislative framework and associated compliance issues. Stuff articles associated with noise or sound...
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The one place that sits outside of the education marketplace is prisons. Characterised by dated technology, a lack of connectivity and poor staffing ratios, prisons are generally not renowned as places of educational innovation. When it does happen, it is all the more remarkable. This chapter describes an innovative educational intervention happeni...
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As most universities move to blended or entirely online digital delivery models, large cohorts of students are excluded from participation. For those universities that espouse the idea that education is democratic, this proves to be problematic. The digital delivery of education, while enabling participation from certain groups such as regional lea...
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The provision of higher education to incarcerated students tends to be isolated from the current state of knowledge in education research due to its narrow and specialised nature. The difficulty of conducting research and evaluating programs in a prison setting contributes to a lack of evidence as to the processes and outcomes of educational interv...
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This presentation looks at neurodiversity within corrections in New Zealand. Neurodiversity is often viewed negatively, yet it is often the hallmark of original and creative thinkers.
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The lockdowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the soundscapes around the planet ...
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Ara Poutama is working with our neurodiverse learners to help them understand their challenges and celebrate their strengths.
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This is a helpful guide for working with adults with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).
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It is easy to focus on how education prepares learners for employment upon release from custody. Yet the benefits go far beyond this. This presentation examines some of the changes we see in prisoners engaged with education.
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Background Nurses have limited time outside of work for continuing professional development. Consequently, strategies need to be explored to enable them to better maintain their competence. This article describes recent research investigating if nursing behaviours in the use of mobile technologies could be leveraged to better facilitate mobile lear...
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The idea of quiet varies between cultures and individuals. Quiet is a commodity in the remote New Zealand wilderness, it is therapeutic in a busy frantic world or it is torture in the form of sensory deprivation. These differences in perception are not just related to the small space inside the ear of the listener, they are also dependent on the pr...
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Background Nurses have limited time outside of work for continuing professional development. Consequently, strategies need to be explored to enable them to better maintain their competence. This article describes recent research to ascertain how nurses used mobile technologies to determine if these behaviours could be leveraged for mobile learning....
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Background Nurses have limited time outside of work for continuing professional development. Consequently, strategies need to be explored to enable them to better maintain their competence. This article describes recent research to ascertain how nurses used mobile technologies to determine if these behaviours could be leveraged for mobile learning....
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Universities and other education institutions are increasingly turning to technology for the delivery of their courses and programmes. But what happens when their learners are incarcerated?
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Digital equity is a complex and multifaceted concept. It includes not only access to hardware, software, and connectivity to the Internet but also meaningful, high-quality, and culturally relevant content in local languages, and the ability to create, share, and exchange knowledge. Participatory citizenship in the digital era involves the right to...
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Mobile technologies and platforms that facilitate communication across different languages are increasingly relevant in a world characterised by the global flows of diverse populations and disparate digital environments. This qualitative study explores communication between native and nonnative speakers of Korean, mediated through mobile instant me...
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This presentation reflects on the challenges with delivering higher education into prisons.
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Ara Poutama is working with our neurodiverse learners to help them understand their challenges and celebrate their strengths.
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Incarcerated students face multiple obstacles and constraints while attempting to complete tertiary and pre-tertiary educational programs within Australian prisons. Some of these barriers relate to the individual's attitudes and actions, during and prior to imprisonment, while other barriers may relate to systemic bias and social disadvantages, whi...
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Digital equity is a moral and strategic imperative in higher education in Australasia, especially as more universities provide online only offerings of courses and programs. Often, however, equity issues are considered remedially as an ‘add-on’ after the fact in terms of business-as usual in tertiary education institutions. There are many cohorts t...
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The overpopulation of our planet creates pressures, not only upon natural and human-created environments, but also upon human well-being. Responding to the Australian government’s focus upon education as a means for improved health, well-being and economic competitiveness, schools and universities strive to embed environmental sustainability and cr...
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This symposium discussion is based around the special issue of AJET on mobile Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality that the Ascilite Mobile Learning SIG has coordinated this year - due for publication in September 2017 – the authors will use the articles to spark discussion around the critical issues surrounding the educational use of mobile AR and...
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The adoption and pedagogical use of technologies such as virtual worlds to support teaching and learning, and research in higher education involves a complex interplay of technical, organisational and personal factors. In this paper, eighteen educators and researchers provide an overview of how they perceive a virtual world can be used in education...
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This special issue of AJET explores the critical educational use of the recently popularized technologies of mobile augmented reality (AR) and mobile virtual reality (VR). The advent of Pokemon Go brought the world’s awareness of mobile AR to a brief climax, and the hype surrounding the rise of affordable virtual reality technologies has been drive...
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This workshop invites researchers and practitioners from HCI and related fields who work in some capacity with animals and who recognise the sentient nature of their being. We call for those who want to better understand how to work with animals and learn from them. We are a small team looking to build an Australian chapter of the Animal Computer I...
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• Working with jurisdictions to introduce technologies: Sceptics and advocates • Winning hearts and minds: Working with custodial • Security considerations: Learning what can be dangerous • Third party security certifications • What can go wrong and how to prevent it • The role of dynamic security • Making it sustainable
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The Asia-Pacific region has become a growth centre for digital innovation and economic prosperity, with innovations in mobile technologies and applications acting as a vehicle for disparate populations to gain greater access to education and other essential services. The successful integration of innovations that leverage the potential of mobile te...
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This article theorises the functional relationship between the human components (i.e., scholars) and non-human components (i.e., structural configurations) of academic domains. It is organised around the following question: in what ways have scholars formed and been formed by the structural configurations of their academic domain? The article uses...
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Agricultural extension that delivers timely, targeted, and cost-effective support to farmers will help ensure the sustainability and adaptive capacity of agriculture, enhancing both food security and environmental security. Lever-aging advances in agriclimate science and adult education, innovative digital technologies offer signiªcant new opportun...
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Almost every manifestation of religion finds expression in the virtual world of Second Life. Established religions have a presence; for example, Epiphany Cathedral is home to Anglicans in the virtual world (Hutchings, 2011). Geographically dispersed adherents gather for communion, Bible study and regular services. Those manifestations of the numino...
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If mobile technologies are to be effectively used in education, how do we best implement sustainable mobile solutions for teaching and learning? The aim of this handbook is to support educators and policy makers who are investing in innovations in digital education to develop effective and sustainable mobile learning solutions for higher education...
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Leah Irving Curtin Teaching and Learning Curtin University Student voice has played a big role in shaping the development and measure of success/failure of virtual worlds in education. Data on past and ongoing educational uses and contexts of use of virtual worlds and associated student feedback was gathered via a survey of educational researchers...
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The new wave of mobile VR and AR are anticipated to become a multi-billion dollar industries in the near future (F. Cook, 2016) – how will this impact higher education? This Symposium will gather the collective experience and expertise of members of the newly established Ascilite Mobile Learning Special Interest Group (Ascilitemlsig) to explore and...
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This article reports on the preliminary findings, design criteria and lessons learned while developing and piloting an alternative to traditional print-based education delivery within a prison environment. PLEIADES (Portable Learning Environments for Incarcerated Distance Education Students), was designed to provide incarcerated students with acces...
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This article theorizes the functional relationship between the human components (i.e., scholars) and non- human components (i.e., structural configurations) of academic domains. It is organized around the following question: in what ways have scholars formed and been formed by the structural configurations of their academic domain? The article uses...
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Popular culture is resplendent with fantastical narratives populated by mythical creatures of infinite variety. Very often these narratives have spiritual overtones, plumbing commonalities with various religious traditions and offering an alternative and accessible portal into a spiritual life. Kirby’s Fantasy and Belief is an exploration of the ne...
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This workshop will help researchers make the most efficient and effective use of three powerful and free tools - ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Linked In. Social media networks are becoming more specialised, targeting specific groups, disciplines and audiences. There are a number of social media networks for academics. Foremost among these are Rese...
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Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have found their way into virtually every aspect of our daily lives. But, for certain population groups, limited access to the Internet and ICTs prevents their participation in an increasingly digital society. The digital divide is exacerbated by the prison context, where access to technology is h...
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I always love Melbourne. There’s plenty to do: great food, great coffee and of course, great shopping. But it was none of these things which took me to Melbourne recently. I travelled down to attend the Prisons 2015 Conference. This ostensibly was a conference about the whole of lifecycle management of correctional facilities but that descriptor be...
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I always love Melbourne. There’s plenty to do: great food, great coffee and of course, great shopping. But it was none of these things which took me to Melbourne recently. I travelled down to attend the Prisons 2015 Conference. This ostensibly was a conference about the whole of lifecycle management of correctional facilities but that descriptor be...
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The first volume of this series has equipped us with the methodological tools for examining the occult and paranormal. The second has shown us that these themes have been present since the earliest times. This third volume of the Religion, the Occult, and the Paranormal provides examples of some of the rich diversity of ideas, practices and groups...
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This final volume of Religion, the Occult and the Paranormal is mostly concerned with how the supernatural is finding form in popular culture, in everyday life and among the youth with their apparently insatiable appetite for all that is different, macabre, alien or sitting outside of normal society. Film franchises based on paranormal themes are a...
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Around the world, various correctional jurisdictions are struggling to enable the delivery of higher education into prisons. At a time when universities are moving increasingly online, very often access to the internet is restricted or disallowed in correctional environments. Four universities, all leading distance education providers in the countr...
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Engaging prisoners in education is one of range of measures that could alleviate risk in prisons. For prisoners, the main challenge with incarceration is monotony, often leading to frustration, raising the risk of injury for staff and other prisoners. This article investigates how prisoner engagement in education can help alleviate risk in prisons...
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In most Australian correctional jurisdictions, prisoners are not allowed access to the internet precluding them from participating in higher education online. Making the Connection is an Australian government funded project which is taking digital technologies, that don’t require internet access, into prisons to enable prisoners to enroll in a suit...
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Around the world, various correctional jurisdictions are struggling to enable the delivery of higher education into prisons. At a time when universities are moving increasingly online, very often access to the internet is restricted or disallowed in correctional environments. Four universities, all leading distance education providers in the countr...
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In spite of the persistent legends linking it with the Ancient Egyptians or bands of wandering Gypsies, tarot had its origins in the decadent Court of Milan in Northern Italy, sometime around the beginning of the fifteenth century. It was an innovative modification of the regular playing card deck that was relatively common throughout Italy, having...
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There is considerable hype around the purported affordances of virtual worlds to facilitate authentic learning in a variety of discipline areas. Though at first glance, virtual worlds look as if they would provide an ideal environment for this type of learning, in reality there are a number of factors that need to be considered in relation to these...
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There continues to be strong interest among established, experienced academic users of 3D virtual environments for their sustained educational use. Consistent with global trends, they plan to further develop and optimise existing applications, reuse skills and experiences gained to develop new applications, and to share and reuse existing virtual r...
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There continues to be strong interest among established, experienced academic users of 3D virtual environments for their sustained educational use. Consistent with global trends, they plan to further develop and optimise existing applications, reuse skills and experiences gained to develop new applications, and to share and reuse existing virtual r...
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There continues to be strong interest among established, experienced academic users of 3D virtual environments for their sustained educational use. Consistent with global trends, they plan to further develop and optimise existing applications, reuse skills and experiences gained to develop new applications, and to share and reuse existing virtual r...
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Research has identified that students have access to and use a wide range of mobile devices to informally support their learning practices, however few students have access to educator-led initiatives to support mobile learning (Farley, Lane, Hafeez-Baig & Carter, 2014). Many educators are keen to leverage the affordances of mobile technologies to...
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In most Australian correctional jurisdictions, prisoners are not allowed access to the internet precluding them from participating in higher education online. This paper reports on an Australian government-funded project, Making the Connection, which is taking digital technologies, that don’t require internet access, into correctional centres to en...
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Incarceration rates are on the rise in Australia, particularly for women. For female prisoners, issues of class, gender and race intersect to compound disadvantage and create cycles of victimization, incarceration and isolation. Strategies for facilitating the successful reintegration of female prisoners need to acknowledge that women’s experience...
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The provision of higher education to imprisoned students in the new digital age, and against the political backdrop of neo-liberal reform, is a complex and contradictory business. In part because incarceration, like education, has been reorganized in recent years as a global business, or at least as a corporate institution, bound to economistic pri...
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Around the world, various correctional jurisdictions are struggling to enable the delivery of higher education into prisons. At a time when universities are moving increasingly online, very often access to the internet is restricted or disallowed in correctional environments. Four universities, all leading distance education providers in the countr...
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Prisoners in most Australian jurisdictions are not permitted access to online learning technologies due to procedural restrictions prohibiting prisoner access to the internet. Formal education and training delivery to prisoners is usually provided in non-digital forms, generally in the form of blocks of printed text. Although this method enables ac...
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Engaging prisoners in education is one of range of measures that could be implemented to alleviate risk in prisons. For prisoners, the main challenge with incarceration is monotony, often leading to frustration. For many, this manifests as violence, raising the risk of injury for both staff and other prisoners. This paper investigates how prisoner...
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Amnesty International has identified soaring Indigenous incarceration rates as one of the most significant social justice and policy issues for the Australian criminal justice system. Indigenous Australians are 12 times more likely to be in custody than other Australians. A high rate of recidivism for Indigenous offenders contributes significantly...