MSW Student Experiences in Online vs. Face-to-Face Teaching Formats?

David Okech, John Barner, Megan Segoshi, Michelle Carney

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Institutions of higher education have embraced online formats as a new form of teaching in order to reach more students. Like other disciplines, social work pedagogy has embraced the use of online technology in higher education. As a professional and ethical responsibility, it is imperative that social work online courses are of high quality and that they meet the stated objectives. The study presented here describes students' perceptions and experiences in online and in-classroom sections in the Theories and Practice with Communities and Agencies course at a large public university in Southeastern USA. A survey was administered to the students at the end of the semester. Qualitative themes show that method of instruction as it related to course content, comfort with the level of instruction, and role of instructor in online courses affected students' perceptions of both the course and method of instruction. Discussions are directed toward improving online instruction in social work education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-134
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Community Practice
  • Instructor Role
  • MSW Students
  • Online Teaching
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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