The Use of Object-oriented Social Environments for Social Work

Ayse Kok


This article documents the design and pilot delivery of a computer-mediated baby welfare practice course founded on constructivist instructional principles. It was created by Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)- part of the National Health Services (NHS) in UK in 2015.Offered to healthcare practitioners via the Internet using web-based tools and resources, the course expanded access to the baby welfare specialization option for nurses working for FNP. The article examines emerging teaching and learning options across major components of online course development and delivery. After providing a contextual background, constructivist instructional design theory is summarized, and a rationale for adopting this approach is discussed. This is followed by a brief report on the findings of the formative evaluation of the pilot delivery. Finally, the evolving underpinnings of online instruction are considered, including shifts in the roles of learners and instructors and the role of pedagogy in an evolving educational paradigm.


Moodle, technology-enhanced learning,

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