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From distance to online education: two decades of remaining responsive by one university social work programme

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posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Beth CrispBeth Crisp
The introduction of distance education in the 1990s sought to broaden the access to a social work qualification to Australians who are excluded from educational institutions which have high attendance requirements. This paper describes the evolution of an online social work education at Deakin University from a programme which commenced in 1996 predominantly relying on print-based learning materials. In Australia, distance education in social work remains controversial and the quality of education possible is often questioned. Data from national surveys are presented indicating that high-quality student learning experiences can be reported by social work students studying at a distance when properly resourced. The paper concludes by contending that it is inappropriate to generalise about all online and distance education programmes in social work and that rather than considering the mode of delivery, individual courses should be evaluated as to whether or not graduates are appropriately prepared for professional practice.

History

Journal

Social Work Education

Volume

37

Pagination

718-730

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0261-5479

eISSN

1470-1227

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Issue

6

Publisher

ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD