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Assoc Prof Helen Farley

Assoc Prof Helen Farley
Name Helen Farley
Position Adjunct Associate Professor
Section Digital Life Lab Administration
Email
Qualifications PhD Qld
Homepage https://dll.usq.edu.au/authors/
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Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified ( 100599 )
  • Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified ( 130399 )
  • Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified ( 200299 )
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified ( 130299 )

Research interests
Digital literacies in education, digital equity in higher education, corrections education, mobile learning frameworks and evaluation, the educational use of virtual world environments, authentic 3D movement in virtual environments, haptic interfaces, immersion in virtual environments, educational technology.

Professional memberships
Vice President, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
IAMLearn (International Association for Mobile Learning)
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Chair of the Education Research Working Group, International Corrections and Prisons Association

Industry affiliations
DEHub Virtual Worlds Working Group
iVERG (International Virtual Environments Research Group)
Association for Virtual Worlds (AVW)
Australasian Corrections Education Association
European Prison Education Association

USQ Research affiliations

  • Australian Digital Futures Institute (ADFI)

Currently teaching courses/programs
RHD supervision

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
14 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
18 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Director, Digital Life Lab
Project Leader, Making the Connection Project
Chair, Education Committee
Acting Deputy Chair, Academic Board

Research most recent
Farley, H., & Hopkins, S. (2016). The prison is another country: incarcerated students and (im)mobility in Australian prisons. Critical Studies in Education, 1-18. doi:10.1080/17508487.2016.1255240.

Farley, H., Pike, A., Demiray, U., & Tanglang, N. (2016). Delivering digital higher education into prisons: The cases of four universities in Australia, UK, Turkey and Nigeria (Yongsheng Zhang trans.). Distance Education in China, 7 (26), 35-43. DOI:10.13541/j.cnki.chinade.20160726.008

Farley, H., & Pike, A. (2016). Engaging prisoners in education: Reducing risk and recidivism. Advancing Corrections, 1(1), 65-73. Retrieved from: http://icpa.ca/library_category/advancing-corrections-journal/


Research most notable
Murphy, A., Farley, H., Dyson, L. E., & Jones, H. (Eds.). (2017). Mobile Learning in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Harnessing Trends and Challenging Orthodoxies. Singapore: Springer.


Publications in ePrints

Harmes, Marcus K. and Hopkins, Susan and Farley, Helen (2019) Beyond incarcerated identities: identity, bias and barriers to higher education in Australian prisons. International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education, 4 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2379-7363

Farley, Helen and Hopkins, Susan (2019) The prison is another country: incarcerated students and (im)mobility in Australian prisons. In: Education and the mobility turn. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 26-43. ISBN 978-0-367-00181-0

Farley, Helen and Hopkins, Susan (2018) Moving forward together: supporting educators to support incarcerated students in Australian prison-based higher education. Advancing Corrections: Journal of the International Corrections and Prisons Association, 6. pp. 145-152.

Farley, Helen and Pike, Anne (2018) Research on the inside: overcoming obstacles to completing a postgraduate degree in prison. In: Postgraduate education in higher education. University Development and Administration. Springer Nature, Singpaore, pp. 211-234. ISBN 978-981-10-5247-7

Jones, Janice K. and Farley, Helen and Murphy, Angela (2018) Virtual worlds as restorative environments. In: Authentic virtual world education: facilitating cultural engagement and creativity. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 45-59. ISBN 978-981-10-6381-7

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified ( 100599 )
  • Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified ( 130399 )
  • Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified ( 200299 )
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified ( 130299 )


Research topics

Associate Professor Helen Farley is the Acting Director of the Digital Life Lab. She is currently leading the $4.4 million Making the Connection project which is introducing digital technologies into prisons to provide access to higher education. Her research interests include digital equity, prisoner education, mobile learning, learning in virtual worlds and the educational application of virtual reality and augmented reality. Helen is also the Vice President of ASCILITE (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education).