(CS EdX Sessions) Cash, Moorhead, Iffland & Wilkinson

Title:  Transforming Social Work residential schools into the online environment

Presenter(s): Belinda Cash, Bernadette Moorhead, Ben Iffland, Michelle Wilkinson

School of Humanities and Social Sciences & Division of Learning and Teaching

Session Type: Quick Talk

When: Friday 20th November 2020, 10.00 am to 11.00am

Where: https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/68404511618

Abstract:  Residential schools are an important part of the distance education learning experience, providing students with the opportunity to interact with academic staff and peers while developing essential content knowledge and practical skills.  2020 ensured that this would not happen as normal. Social work residential schools were required to move online, challenging both students and academics to move away from their comfort zone and to embrace a new way of learning. 

It was necessary to adapt delivery methods to ensure students felt supported in what was a challenging and changing environment, while still delivering a quality learning experience that met accreditation requirements.  

The team of academics and DLT staff were able to ‘reimagine’ learning for online res schools, working together to overcome technical and online challenges and provide an experience that was able to fulfil student expectations with intentional design, and effective communication that enabled learning (Bourdeaux & Schoenack, 2016).