Digital poverty in social work education during COVID-19


  • Panagiotis Pentaris University of Greenwich
  • Sue Hanna University of Greenwich
  • Gemma North University of Greenwich



social work education, digital poverty, digital literacy, COVID-19, pandemic


The use of technology in social work education is neither new nor without its debates. The conversation has been gradually informing us of the challenges and controversies, as well as benefits in education, practice, policy and research. Yet, in the face of COVID-19 and associated quarantine measures, social work education has been tasked with a fast-paced adjustment to online, and where feasible, hybrid learning. This reflection raises the argument that the pace of organisational adjustment is not always the same as those studying social work. This leaves many students in digital poverty and generates inequality gaps that may need addressing.


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