Engaging Masters of Social Work students: applying blended learning approaches coherently and consistently

Mensinga, Jo, Miles, Deb, and Zuchowski, Ines (2016) Engaging Masters of Social Work students: applying blended learning approaches coherently and consistently. In: [Presented at 37th HERDSA Annual International Conference]. From: HERSDA 2016: 39th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference: the shape of higher education, 4-7 July 2016, Freemantle, WA, Australia.

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Drawing on literature that claims blended learning approaches can increase interactions between students, decrease the sense of difference between them and contribute to deeper learning; this paper describes a project that sought to redesign the delivery of a Masters Social Work (Professional Qualifying) degree. Adopting a 5D model of Appreciative Inquiry the project team implemented the following stages of the model: (1)'defined' the focus and scope of the project; (2)'discovered' descriptions of existing learning and teaching approaches being used; (3) 'dreamt' of a shared vision for a cohesive pedagogical approach; (4) '(re)designed' models of delivery to establish a consistent and well-designed blended framework; (5) 'delivered' subject templates, guides and modular prototypes. This paper reports on the use of an appreciative inquiry process to develop a holistic student experience that explored the unique issues of social work in the tropics and prepared students for practice as beginning practitioners. The implications of the project will be discussed highlighting the way in which blended learning strategies were negotiated and lessons learnt from adopting an Appreciative Inquiry approach.

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Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 03:57
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 30%
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