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  1. 1. <ul><li>E-educating the social worker </li></ul><ul><li>Eindhoven seminar </li></ul><ul><li>March 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Neil Ballantyne </li></ul><ul><li>Learning technology manager </li></ul><ul><li>IRISS </li></ul>
  2. 2. Two papers
  3. 3. Ballantyne (1996) “Child care social work & the Internet.” & “Will IT change the face of social work education & training?”
  4. 4. Then = 1996 Now = 2008
  5. 5. Paper one
  6. 6. In “Child care social work & the Internet.” I wrote that...
  7. 7. “ The Internet is here to stay.”
  8. 8. The Internet is here to stay! Then Now Go back in time
  9. 9. Then there were an estimated 40 million internet users worldwide Seemed like a lot
  10. 10. Now there are an estimated 1,320 million internet users worldwide Now that is a lot Source: Internet world stats
  11. 11. But the digital divide remains
  12. 12. I also wrote that...
  13. 13. “ While it is true that an important component of the Internet is the global distribution of information ....”
  14. 14. “ ...over emphasis on this function draws attention away from the value of the Internet as a participatory medium for communication, networking, and building & maintaining communities of interest.”
  15. 15. A participatory medium for communication, networking, and building & maintaining communities of interest?
  16. 16. However…for a long time the Internet was a sprawling library of content With some shopping malls
  17. 17. And then…
  18. 18. Web 2.0 arrived
  19. 19. What is web 2.0? <ul><li>“… a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies — which aim to facilitate collaboration & sharing between users . ” </li></ul>Source: Wikipedia (2007)
  20. 20. Paper 2.0
  21. 21. “ Will information technology change the face of social work education & training?” & communications A debate
  22. 22. Yes : Neil Ballantyne No : Yanno Rafferty
  23. 23. What I wrote...
  24. 24. “ ...the real impact of new technology in social work education and training may not arise from heavy investment in externally designed courseware…”
  25. 25. “ ...it is the use of electronic networking in social work education that will enable a paradigm shift.....away from a conception of new technology as a a means of distributing information…”
  26. 26. “ ...towards an understanding of the role of learning technology in supporting active learning & educational dialogue ...”
  27. 27. What Yanno wrote...
  28. 28. “ social work is essentially about human interaction which cannot be replaced by a computer...” I agree but…
  29. 29. learning is essentially about human interaction which can be supported by a computer
  30. 30. “… .a good trainer never actually uses the materials available - they pick and choose and modify to suit the students they are working with...” Yanno also wrote that…
  31. 31. and he’s right...
  32. 32. online content needs to permit adaptation & modification
  33. 33. hence learning objects.... visit the learning exchange
  34. 34. and online learning ought not to be about content alone
  35. 35. but also about conversations
  36. 36. content & conversations
  37. 37. face2face & online
  38. 38. Face to face learning Online learning Conversations Content Online communities Open learning materials Resource-based learning Facilitated discussions Study groups Seminars Symposia The course in a box Teach & test courseware Learning in the blender
  39. 39. Is there strong evidence that any of this is “ changing the face of social work education & training ” ?
  40. 40. <ul><li>Is the network revolution transforming the nature of learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Improving what is learned? </li></ul><ul><li>How quickly it is learned? </li></ul><ul><li>How much is learned? </li></ul><ul><li>… and doing this more than traditional teaching technologies? </li></ul>
  41. 41. No… technology does not cause learning &quot;The best current evidence is that media are mere vehicles that deliver instruction but do not influence student achievement any more than the truck that delivers our groceries causes changes in our nutrition&quot; Clark (1983)
  42. 42. But…the affordances of learning technology can support effective pedagogical design. And help make learning: more efficient… more consistent… more flexible… more affordable… more accessible
  43. 43. Many studies suggest there is no significant difference between learning with technology and with more traditional methods Source: No significant difference
  44. 44. But when studies suggest there is no significant difference between counselling skills developed working online or face to face then that is significant. Source: Ouellette et al (2006)
  45. 45. Whilst the Internet and the sum of human information & knowledge continues to grow at an alarming rate…
  46. 46. Human learning is limited by the fixed information processing capacity of human cognitive architecture
  47. 47. The Internet The neural net cognitive social emotional
  48. 48. Some current concerns How can technology best support evidence-informed practice in the workplace? How to design effective educational multimedia? Can web 2.0 be harnessed for learning?
  49. 49. then now
  50. 50. www.iriss.ac.uk [email_address]
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