ERIC Number: EJ1031609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Distance and Online Social Work Education: Novel Ethical Challenges
Reamer, Frederic G.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v33 n4-5 p369-384 2013
Digital technology has transformed social work education. Today's students can take individual courses and earn an entire degree without ever meeting their faculty members in person. Technological innovations such as videoconferencing, live online chat, asynchronous podcasts, and webinars enable social work educators to reach students whose personal circumstances and geographical locations make it difficult for them to attend school in person. This paper highlights complex ethical issues associated with the proliferation of digital and online social work education. Key ethical issues concern student access; course and degree program quality and integrity; academic honesty and gatekeeping; and privacy and surveillance.
Descriptors: Social Work, Distance Education, Online Courses, Ethics, Barriers, Influence of Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Access to Education, Educational Quality, Integrity, Privacy, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Confidentiality, Performance Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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