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Current Challenges in Social Work Distance Education: Responses from the Elluminati

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Journal of Teaching in Social Work Volume 33, Number 4, ISSN 0884-1233


One of the first tasks of the Social Work Distance Education Network at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary was to review the literature and address three research questions to inform policy making and planning relating to distance social work education programming. This paper is intended to disseminate responses to these questions from a small group of dedicated and experienced distance educators who have adopted the moniker Elluminati. (The Elluminati adapted their name from a popular online audio-conferencing program.) These questions include: (1) What is the optimal class size for a distance delivery offering? (2) What supports does an online course require for development and effective delivery? (3) What types of courses are suitable/unsuitable for online learning?


Pelech, W., Wulff, D., Perrault, E., Ayala, J., Baynton, M., Williams, M., Crowder, R. & Shankar, J. (2013). Current Challenges in Social Work Distance Education: Responses from the Elluminati. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 33(4), 393-407. Retrieved October 16, 2019 from .

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