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Introducing Social Work Practice

This is a free online textbook/course that "gives you some insight into social work practice and the theory which informs the practice. This unit is made up of a series of six extracts. You are introduced to the four components to good practice and will look at the importance of the following approaches to social work practice: •Biography •The social context of social work •Responding to children’s needs •Empowerment and advocacy in social work •Social work purpose, roles, codes and standards"

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Jessica Robinson
Jessica Robinson (Faculty)
2 years ago

Subject matter: As a social work professor I was impressed with the level of detail and instruction given for a free course. The social work language used could be explained more. Use of jargon words is heavy at times and may confuse the reader if they are new to the topic, as I assume most will be. The content presented is acute, error free and unbiased. The material covers the subject matter nicely and is in depth. There are great examples of many of the concepts that allow the reader to connect with the material. Some current up to date explanations would be helpful, i.e., new laws and political examples that are fresh and relevant. I believe additional picture showing different cultural races, religions, etc. would be helpful for the reader and would allow all students to feel connected.
Instructional Design: Listing how long each section will take is wise and allows the user to make time appropriately for each assignment. Learning outcomes are nicely displayed for each section. Could the students be tested after reading the section? This way students could gauge their ability to learn and perhaps even analytically apply the material. The information is appropriate for undergraduate students. Many different learning styles are reflected here. More analytical material should be considered such as test banks, exercises, etc. Included this would allow students to test their knowledge.
Editorial Aspects: The introductory opening paragraph under course description is good but could use some work as it reads oddly at times. Simple proofreading would help. Some jargon is used and may confuse or turn off new users unfamiliar with the subject. More resources or links to examples would be great. I didn’t see any multimedia elements other than simple graphics. Adding videos or podcasts would be an excellent addition.
Usability: The overall layout of the site is fantastic. Easy to navigate, user friends, and inviting. The use of color is appealing. Some additional pictures would be great. The same image is used again and again. This makes the website look unfinished. Resources can be printed and downloaded easily, and several options for downloading are given.
Overall this is a great learning resource and site. With some immurements is could be excellent!

Time spent reviewing site: 4 hours
Jessica Robinson
Jessica Robinson (Faculty)
2 years ago

Subject matter: As a social work professor I was impressed with the level of detail and instruction given for a free course. The social work language used could be explained more. Use of jargon words is heavy at times and may confuse the reader if they are new to the topic, as I assume most will be. The content presented is acute, error free and unbiased. The material covers the subject matter nicely and is in depth. There are excellent examples of many of the concepts that allow the reader to connect with the material. Some current up to date explanations would be helpful, i.e., new laws and political examples that are fresh and relevant. I believe additional picture showing different cultural races, religions, etc. would be helpful for the reader and would allow all students to feel connected.

Instructional Design: Listing how long each section will take is wise and allows the user to make time appropriately for each assignment. Learning outcomes are displayed nicely for each section. Could the students be tested after reading the section? This way students could gauge their ability to learn and perhaps even analytically apply the material. The information is appropriate for undergraduate students. Many different learning styles are reflected here. More analytical material should be considered such as test banks, exercises, etc. Included this would allow students to test their knowledge.

Editorial Aspects: The introductory opening paragraph under course description is good but could use some work as it reads oddly at times. Simple proofreading would help. Some jargon is used and may confuse or turn off new users unfamiliar with the subject. More resources or links to examples would be great. I didn’t see any multimedia elements other than simple graphics. Adding videos or podcasts would be an excellent addition.

Usability: The overall layout of the site is fantastic. Easy to navigate, user friends, and inviting. The use of color is appealing. Some additional pictures would be great. The same image is used again and again. This makes the website look unfinished. Resources can be printed and downloaded easily, and several options for downloading are given.

Overall this is a great learning resource and site. With some immurements is could be excellent!

Time spent reviewing site: 4 hours
Tony Coughlan
Tony Coughlan (Faculty)
7 years ago

This is a 24 hours long free undergraduate study unit delivered via an open Moodle VLE - there is no need to register. The study unit is an extract from the OU's current fee-paying Social Work programme, and comes complete with learning outcomes, activities, audio clips, pdf documents and references.

It is of very professional quality and would be good for someone thinking of a career in Social Work.

This unit is specific to UK policy & practice, and may not be so useful elsewhere.

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This unit is offered under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA Licence. It can be downloaded in a wide range of formats for offline use or adaptation.

Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour