The Practice Education Stage 1 module blends online, independent learning with live, online tutor led seminars. This approach means that busy trainees can undertake part of their learning at their own pace, at a convenient time and in a convenient location, whilst still benefiting from the support and direction of the course lecturers, who are all trained social workers, practice educators and or trained Higher Education teachers.
All Practice Education Stage 1 trainees are given access to the University’s “Virtual Learning Environment” Canvas, where all necessary materials are arranged in learning units, with clear learning outcomes aligned to the Practice Educator Professional Standards (BASW, 2020). There are discussion boards and forums to enable peer communications and ensure support is available from course lecturers as required.
In this online environment, we encourage peer group connections, collaborations and community by setting up “study circles” for both formal learning activity and informal support.