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Embedding wholistic learning: Designing curated eLearning processes for social work students

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posted on 2022-01-21, 00:06 authored by Prue AtkinsPrue Atkins, Katie SykesKatie Sykes
La Trobe University is implementing a new Social Work course. Several evidence-based curriculum design and teaching innovations have been identified as having the potential to support both new explicit and implicit curriculum. This paper reports on the introduction of an innovative learning technology solution to promote a student centred learning approach. The use of the technology is novel to social work coursework education so evaluating the impact on supporting learning outcomes addresses a current gap in the research literature. Supporting a student centred approach, the innovation amalgamates ePortfolios with Moodle LMS to capture learning activities and assessments in their own digital space. The project has been a collaboration between the Social Work discipline and Technology Enhanced Learning Services. Findings from our evaluation show that the use of ePortfolios is consistent with transformational learning principles whereby the software application enables critical reflection, a sense of ownership over learning and the opportunity for students to be creative. The innovation also empowers students to develop a portfolio of curated reference material along with indivdiualised evidence of knowledge that can be utilised beyond graduation for potential employers or opportunities for further study.


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ASCILITE 2021 (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education), Armidale University of New England Virtual Conference


Sue Gregory Steve Warburton Mark Schier


University of New England, Armidale


7p. (p.47-53)

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ASCILITE 2021: Back to the Future - 38th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education


Armidale, NSW, Australia

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© Atkins, P. & Sykes, K. 2021 The author(s) assign a Creative Commons by attribution licence enabling others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon their work, even commercially, as long as credit is given to the author(s) for the original creation.

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