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Title: A virtual learning environment for part-time MASW students: An evaluation of the WebCT
Author(s): Tsui, Ming Sum 
Author(s): Chan, C. C.
Chan, M. Y. C.
Hong, J. H.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Journal of Teaching in Social Work 
Volume: 28
Issue: 1-2
Start page: 87
End page: 100
This study aims to evaluate the perception of a cohort of social workers studying for a part-time master's program in social work in using the popular Web-based learning platform-World Wide Web Course Tools (WebCT) as a complimentary method of teaching and learning. It was noted that social work profession began incorporating computer technology in its practice long after other professions. Its incorporation into social work teaching came even later. Questionnaires were used to collect views on computer-assisted learning (CAL) and the WebCT. Follow-up, individual in-depth interviews were conducted to obtain further qualitative data to understand the specific conditions under which a virtual learning environment becomes facilitative. It was found that in general students have a positive towards CAL and the WebCT, but they do not think that their education should be entirely Web-based. Teacher-student interactions were still essential to achieve the educational objectives. Nonetheless, the complementary value of the virtual learning environment, that is, a good measure of independence and productivity in their study depends on the students' level of competence and familiarity with the WebCT platform.
DOI: 10.1080/08841230802179027
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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