BLENDED LEARNING GOALS

TECHQUESTS PROJECT WILL DRIVE INMATE EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT BY UTILIZING LOW COST AND MORE EFFECTIVE DIGITAL EDUCATION PLATFORM AS WELL AS STRENGTHENING BEST PRACTICE EDUCATION METHODS.

EVIDENCE BASED BLENDED LEARNING METHODS SUPPORT A RECIDIVISM SOLUTION WHICH COSTS LESS AND WORKS MORE EFFECTIVELY THEREBY REDUCING VIOLENT CRIME AND LOWERING TAXPAYER COSTS

Currently, CDCR Educational Instructors (Adult Basic Academic Education & Career Technical training) are infective and overwhelmed due to multiple factors including challenges such as insufficient funding & staffing, lack of available class room space, split schedule classes (morning & afternoon class sessions), mixed ability classes which instructors can’t teach effectively and the impact of teaching in a High Security Prison Environment. Most importantly, inmates who are motivated do not have any access to a high tech blended learning and teaching environment (with their own digital learning workstations).

These and other teaching impediments make it critical that CDCR adopt a budget neutral combined in-person and digital technology teaching platform. Blended learning technology works best in subjects where there are indisputable right answers such as math, but adaptive educational software products are expanding to the point where many inmates could complete digital vocational or college classes with Minimal if any direct instruction. Such distance learning classes are now expanding rapidly. Recently free digital learning partnerships have been formed. EDX executed a free digital learning partnership with MIT, Harvard and Cal Berkeley, which recently accepted San Jose State University into its distance learning platform. Coursera’s recent partnership in their free distance learning platform includes Stanford, Ohio State, Duke University and John Hopkins University as well as 24 other highly respected Academic Institutions. Both EDX and Coursera define these free distance learning course platforms as Massively Open On-Line Courses “MOOC’s”. Many MOOC classes can be provided without on-line/internet access (inmate prison security rules do not allow for on-line/internet access and NCRC does not support inmate internet/e-mail access for obvious security reasons).

Stanford University professor and founder of Coursera Andrew Ng has publicly acknowledged and approved of making available to all, his free Stanford College MOOC classes, which have been digitally copied to DVD by students in Iran. These DVD classes are then circulated to other Iranian students who don’t have internet access. Since Stanford Technology Professors support education of Iranian’s with the confidence that they will not evolve into international terrorists, NCRC believes that Stanford will actively support the digital education (academic and career technical education) of thousands of inmates who will be released back to our local communities by CDCR with the next few years. CDCR ineffectively uses Kahn Academy’s brilliant Digital Education courses. Currently, CDCR and their CCPOA members do not allow proper or sufficient inmate access to other Kahn Academy courses and no access to free MOOC courses on DVD. It is TechQuest’s short term goal to change this documented educational rights depravation.


TECHQUEST’S LONG TERM CRIME REDUCTION GOALS

California’s Incarceration and Correctional System provides multiple and huge Multi-Billion financial incentives for its Incarceration business partners including: City, County, State and Federal Police Officers, Sheriff’s, their Investigative support staff, Defense Attorneys, Prosecution Lawyers, Judges, Court Staff, Correctional Officers, Parole Officers, State Case Workers and CDCR management staff, all of which have affiliated and very powerful Trade Unions that have a direct financial motivation to perpetrate mass incarceration as well as to influence Law creation and the enforcement of those Laws so that Arrests, Prosecutions Incarcerations and re-Incarcerations will financially benefit their Powerful Special Interests. NCRC’s Long Term Goal is to change this financial paradox so that these same Incarceration Business partners (many of which have been very successful in lowering Crime and putting bad guys and gals behind bars) will have a new and progressive financial motivation and will be rewarded based on the inmates success upon parole and re-entry to society, thereby supporting a financial incentive to reduce recidivism and further lowering of violent crimes.

The Founders and NCRC's advocates have activated the assistance of the top financial Incarceration stake holders and will Network with Silicon Valley’s most talented innovators, Educators and Technology Experts to achieve this very real crime reduction outcome. The success of this attainable goal will require advancing the rights and interest of crime victims who are also huge stake holders and have a direct interest in achieving a reduced violent crime recidivism rate. NCRC’s Long Term Goal is a massive challenge; our team will seek direction advice and networking opportunities from Professionals including industry professions such as Elon Musk, Melinda Gates, David Kelly, Judith Rodin and other powerful and talented individuals to complete this most important public safety objective. Your input and synergistic guidance are important and will be seriously considered by NCRC.


DID YOU KNOW that California Inmates have had personal and full possession rights to own and use Flat Screen Computer Televisions (FSCTs) for over 3 years? These FSCTs can play racist, sexist and violent music CD’s but not Academic or Career Technical Training Educational DVDs. Academic and Career Technical Training educational classes are available on DVD for free by many Universities and digital educators, Coursera, EdX, and Kahn Academy. Why should I help?