Online Practice Course Development with Action Research: A Case Example

Khadija Khaja, Phillip Ouellette, Carenlee Barkdull, Joanne Yaffe


Despite the proliferation of online courses in social work, questions still exist about learning practice skills in an online instructional environment. This paper describes a case example of an action-oriented approach to the development of an online practice course. Lessons learned from students’ and instructor’s perspectives are shared as well as recommendations for future research relative to course development and evaluation of online courses. The study examined student feedback with respect to their overall learning experience. Findings indicated that involving students in the design and development of an online practice course benefited both students and faculty and can be an effective teaching and learning strategy regardless of the instructional medium used.


Instructional Design; Technology; Distance Learning; Online Education; Social Work Practice Skills; Action Research

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