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A European Computer Driving Licence

integrating computer literacy in the new Social Work degree

Claire Gregor

'Informacy', the learning of information technology skills, is now a key element of all Social Work curricula in the U.K. following the General Social Care Council's accreditation requirements. These stipulate that all undergraduates acquire computer literacy skills to the level of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) or its equivalence and require that all accredited Social Work courses assess students to ensure that this is achieved. However, many universities do not have the support of information technology departments in order to ensure that their students are taught how to use a computer. Nor do they have access to interactive web-based packages that assist the students in teaching themselves IT skills to the high levels required by the European Computer Driving Licence. The research suggests that an integrated e-learning teaching and assessment strategy can help to promote computer literacy among Social Work students. This paper explores some of the challenges that arise from integrating e-learning into the teaching and assessment of a Social Work degree, based on the experience of the Social Work Department at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (now Bucks New University).

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Eva Insulander, Fredrik Lindstrand, and Staffan Selander

Over the last three decades, notions like “the flipped classroom,” 1 “TPACK,” 2 “digital learning objects,” 3 and “virtual learning environments,” 4 together with the evolution of multimodal communication 5 and new standards for the assessment

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Sam Pryke

attempt to foster a ‘flipped classroom’: a forum in which students participate in learning exercises based on reading, videos, etc. they have studied through a virtual learning environment prior to attending the contact session with the teacher. It is

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Liminal spaces, resources and networks

Facebook as a shaping force for students’ transitions into higher education

Sally Baker and Eve Stirling

), evident in such examples as wireless networking across the campus accessed via mobile devices, podcasting of lectures to iTunesU, online learning through Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) and using technologies to communicate and collaborate

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Inside the global teaching machine

MOOCs, academic labour and the future of the university

Michael A. Peters

: mapping the field ’, in J. Weiss , J. Nolan , J. Hunsinger and P. Trifonas (eds) The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments , Netherlands : Springer , 95 – 116 . 10.1007/978-1-4020-3803-7_3 Peters , M.A. ( 2007