Online Practice Course Development with Action Research: A Case Example

  • Khadija Khaja IUSSW
  • Phillip Ouellette Indiana University School of Social Work
  • Carenlee Barkdull University of North Dakota
  • Joanne Yaffe University of Utah
Keywords: Instructional Design, Technology, Distance Learning, Online Education, Social Work Practice Skills, Action Research

Abstract

Despite the proliferation of online courses in social work, questions still exist about learning practice skills in an online instructional environment. This paper describes a case example of an action-oriented approach to the development of an online practice course. Lessons learned from students’ and instructor’s perspectives are shared as well as recommendations for future research relative to course development and evaluation of online courses. The study examined student feedback with respect to their overall learning experience. Findings indicated that involving students in the design and development of an online practice course benefited both students and faculty and can be an effective teaching and learning strategy regardless of the instructional medium used.

Author Biographies

Khadija Khaja, IUSSW
Ph.D., Assistant professor, Indiana University School of Social Work
Phillip Ouellette, Indiana University School of Social Work
PH.D., Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work
Carenlee Barkdull, University of North Dakota
Ph.D., MSW Coordinator
Published
2008-12-11
Section
Articles