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The Corrections Off-Line Education Platform

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The Corrections Off-line Education Platform (COEP) is an off-line digital library that provides full Internet-like experience for users in detention, treatment and other institutions that lack Internet access.  Rich with millions of resources for GED, high school, secondary, and post-secondary education, it is in use at dozens of correctional facilities around the U.S.


Benefits of this Platform:

  • Secure, off-line solution
  • No bandwidth costs
  • Provides thousands of individuals with instant access to educational materials over local area networks (LANs).
  • Provides a low-cost way to deliver 35+ million educational resources
  • Flexible filters to remove objectionable content
  • Tools for creating new content and teaching Web design and programming
  • Includes pre-configured Web 2.0 technologies like Moodle course management software

How Do We Do This?

The COEP delivers millions of Internet resources (over 3,000 Web sites) to institutions lacking adequate Internet access through a process of copying web sites – with permission – and serving them up using intranet Web servers over wired and/or wireless local area networks.

The COEP provides users with both highly organized information and the ability to browse that information on an Internet-like interface. 

Main features of COEP:

  • WiderNet has developed corrections-centered packages with an emphasis on:
    • Tutorials
    • Computer-based job search training
    • Web design
    • GED
    • ESL
    • Life-skills building
    • Videos
  • COEP's customized interfaces make it easier for educators and inmates to locate the right materials.


  • 2,000+ authors and publishers have granted permission to distribute their work, including:
    • TED
    • Wikipedia
    • Gutenberg Project
    • MIT’s OpenCourseware

About WiderNet:

WiderNet is a U.S. 501c3 nonprofit organization, affiliated with WiderNet@UNC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, that is dedicated to improving digital education and communications for all communities and individuals around the world.

We provide resources, coaching, training, computers and educational materials to schools, clinics, libraries and homes in underserved areas of the world as well as correctional institution in the U.S.


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