Dr Tarsem Singh Cooner

Tarsem Singh Cooner

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Contact details

Address
Department of Social Work and Social Care
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Tarsem is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Programme Director for the MA in Social Work programme. His recent research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Tarsem has been part of a team working on a project entitled ‘Organisations, staff support and the dynamics and quality of social work practice: A qualitative longitudinal study of child protection work’. As part of this study, Tarsem has led on the creation of a set of 360-degree immersive video apps to disseminate the research findings, these can be downloaded and used by anyone with a mobile phone from the Apple and Google app stores. Tarsem has also been instrumental in helping practitioners, managers, educators and students explore some of the ethical issues of using Facebook in child protection practices by creating freely accessible learning resources such as this trigger video entitled ‘Facebook: An unethical practice or an effective tool in child protection practice?

For social work Tarsem has been instrumental in developing innovative digital learning approaches such as his mobile phone/tablet app to help social workers explore how to navigate the ethical issues of using social media in social work. Also, this short film outlines a learning design he developed using Facebook to help students develop the skills and knowledge required to use social media as social work practitioners. Further details of these can be found in his publications listed below.

Tarsem was been awarded a Birmingham University Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his wide ranging and significant interventions in learning and teaching across the institution. In this work he has served on the Board of the Valuing Teaching at Birmingham initiative, the University Learning Environment Group and the University Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) Steering Group. As part of his responsibilities at the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health Tarsem was also instrumental in developing the Designing for Enquiry-based Blended Learning (DiBL) for cross University staff development training programmes. Tarsem has also represented the College of Social Sciences on the University's Learning Environment Group and the Information and Technology Infrastructure Group.  He was also responsible for co-writing the College of Medical and Dental Sciences e-Learning strategy.

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • AdCertPT
  • MSocSc
  • CQSW
  • BA (Hons)

Teaching

Tarsem teaches on the postgraduate and undergraduate Social Work programmes.  He currently teaches on the Social Work Skills, Values and Approaches, Enhancing Skills for Social Work Practice and Advanced Practice modules. Tarsem is also an academic tutor and MA dissertation and PhD supervisor.

Other activities

Currently, Tarsem is working with a local authority to create a set of 360-degree training apps for policy makers, managers, social work practitioners and students involved in child protection work. This project aims to develop apps based on research to encourage individuals and organisations to create cultures and approaches that enable relationship-based child protection approaches in practice. This work builds on Tarsem’s previous history of championing the effective use of digital materials in social work practice and teaching. For example, he has been a member of the Social Care Institute for Excellence's e-Learning Materials Advisory Group; a member of the Steering Group as well as CEIMH co-investigator for the JISC funded SWAPBox Social Work and Social Policy Open Educational Resources Project.  Tarsem has also been a member of the steering panel for the Community Justice National Training Research into Open, Distance and e-Enabled Learning and Assessment, and a member of the e-Learning Sub-group for the Reform of Social Work Education and Training Practice Learning Project Group. He has also contributed to the Open University's Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Technology podcast series. Tarsem has also been a member of the British Journal of Social Work and the Social Work Education Journal's editorial boards.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Disney, T, Warwick, L, Ferguson, H, Leigh, J, Cooner, TS, Beddoe, L, Jones, P & Osborne, T 2019, 'Isn’t it funny the children that are further away we don’t think about as much? Using GPS to explore the mobilities and geographies of social work and child protection practice.', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 100, pp. 39-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.02.029

Knowles, A & Cooner, T 2016, 'International Collaborative Learning Using Social Media to Learn About Social Work Ethics and Social Media: International Collaborative Learning using Social Media', Social Work Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2016.1154662

Cooner, T, Knowles, A & Stout, B 2015, 'Creating a mobile app to teach ethical social media practices', Social Work Education, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 245-259. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2015.1042361

Wagstaff, C, Rose, J, Tew, J, Cooner, T & Greening, J 2013, 'Qualitative evaluation of learning between different professional groups', Journal of Mental Health, Training, Education and Practice, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 219-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-03-2012-0002

Cooner, T 2013, 'Using Facebook to explore boundary issues for social workers in a networked society: students' perceptions of learning', British Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcs208

Cooner, T 2011, 'Learning to create enquiry-based blended learning designs: resources to develop interdisciplinary education', Social Work Education, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 312-330. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2010.482983

Cooner, T 2010, 'Creating opportunities for students in large cohorts to reflect in and on practice: lessons learnt from a formative evaluation of students' experiences of a technology enhanced blended learning design', British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 271-286. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00933.x

Cooner, T & Hickman, G 2008, 'Child Protection Teaching: students' experiences of a blended learning design', Social Work Education, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 647-657. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615470802201721

Ogi, L, Boyden, P, Cooner, T & Kalsy, S 2008, 'What do you mean I am seeing a psychologist? A brief report on accessible DVD explaining psychology services for people with learning disabilities in Birmingham', Clinical Psychology and People with Learning Disabilities, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 15-17.

Cooner, T 2005, 'Dialectical Constructivism: Reflections on Creating a Web Mediated Enquiry-Based Learning Environment', Social Work Education, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 375-390. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615470500096902

Cooner, T 2004, 'Preparing for ICT Enhanced Practice Learning Opportunities in 2010 - a speculative view', Social Work Education, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 731-744. https://doi.org/10.1080/0261547042000294509

Chapter

Cooner, T, Bromage, A, Clouder, L & Gordon, F 2010, Designing for enquiry: using Web 2.0 to enable mental health service user and carer involvement. in Inter-professional e-learning and collaborative work: practices and technologies.

Cooner, T, Wagstaff, C, Walker, S, Ryan, M & Teed, R 2008, Learning Together: Reflections on developing an online assessment skills workbook for health and social care students. in Designing for Learning.

Other contribution

Cooner, T 2011, Child Protection Blended Learning: Youtube teaching video..

Littlechild, R & Cooner, T 2005, Interprofessional education: user and carer involvement trigger video: Institute of Applied Social Studies..

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