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VIRCLASS The Virtual Classroom for social work in Europe Summary of the work 2002-2005 and future plans The idea startet In the first annual meeting in EUSW-TN in Parma in november 2002 Then the idea about e-learning courses in addition to the summer school in Parma started

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VIRCLASS

The Virtual Classroom for social work in Europe

Summary of the work 2002-2005

and future plans


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The idea startet

  • In the first annual meeting in EUSW-TN in Parma in

    november 2002

  • Then the idea about e-learning courses in addition to the summer school in Parma started

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Several meetings have been held

  • In Kaunas – May 2003

  • In Dornbirn – annual meeting EUSW - June 2003

  • In Madrid - November 2003

  • In Parma – February 2004

  • In Hungary, annual meeting EUSW – MAy 2004

  • In Bergen October 2004

  • In Jønkøping February 2005

  • In Amsterdam Sept. 2005

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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A lot of travels, and always hard work

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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OBJECTIVES for VIRCLASS

  • To develop eLearning courses in Social Work in a comparative perspective for an international group of students with an

  • International group of teachers

  • A common curriculum plan and readings

  • To be integrated in studieplans in BA and MA programmes at the Universities

  • An be interesting for professional social workers who wish an international perspective on social work

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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The elements in the project

  • Curriculum co operation

  • Administration, organisation and coordination

  • Development of a virtual campus for social work in Europe

  • Dissemination of results

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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The VirClass project

  • The Partnerships in the Virclass project was established

    by the first Minerva application in 2003.

    • This application was not approved

  • The second application to SOFF/NUV resulted in financial support for 2004-2005

    :400.000 NOK

  • HIB supported the project with the same amount of money each year.

  • Up till autumn 2004 the EUSW-TN programme made the group meetings possible by support for travel costs and accomodation.

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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What we have managed to do so far:

  • A common curriculum plan with 20ECTS

  • 3 modules –

    • 2-elearning,

    • 1 selfstudy and summer school

  • Administration of and running the studyprogramme

  • Dissemination of results

  • New applications

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Let’s start with the educational programme

  • CURRICULUM PLAN

    And the overall objectives……..

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Gain knowledge and understanding about:

  • Commonalities and differences in social work as subject and profession in Europe

  • Anti-oppressive practice in social work

  • Social situation by comparing and analyse situations in different countries

  • Welfare systems and social policies in different countries and the implication this may have for social work

  • Social work education and methodical and theoretical input to professional practice

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Social Work in EuropeCommonalities and Differences

  • Module 1 gives an introduction to European social work

  • This Module is based on the first book production of EUSW-TN

  • Students can do this as self-study or as an e-learning student.

  • 5 ECTS

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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If you can’t go abroad..

2.1: Anti-oppressive social work. Ethics, theories, methods and working principles

2.2: The Welfare Systems

in Europe

2.3: Social Work Education. Skill training and professional competence

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Module 2.1 include 3 possible options

2.1:Anti-oppressive social work. Ethics, theories, methods and working principles

A.Discrimination and oppression as phenomenon in Europe

B.Poverty as phenomenon in Europe

C.Ethnic Diversity as phenomenon in Europe

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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ECTS

  • 5 ects = 7 weeks part time study

  • 10 ects =14 weeks part time study

  • 1 ects = 1 week full time study

    (40 hours)

  • As par time student 1ects=1,4 week

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Applications from students

  • The study programme was adverticed by posters sent to all Universities

  • And by advertising on web-sites

  • Deadline for application 1.November 2004

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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The target groups are

  • Professional social workers

  • Social work students undertaking bachelor’s programmes or

  • post-graduate programmes/MA/PhD

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Running the study programme

  • Handling 120 applications from students from all over Europe

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Nationalities:

Finland

Germany

Greece

Iceland

Italy

Lithuania

Norway

Nationalities:

Romania

Sweden

Turkey

Macedonia

Spain

Estonia

Poland

Austria

Who were the students in the Virclass project:

  • Age:19-50 – majority under 25 year of age

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • *The total percentage amount to more than 100%. This is because some of the MA andPhD students also were working as professional social workers in addition to their studies

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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120 applications from students

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Reasons for reductions

  • Students were:

    • Not well enough informed about the curriculum plan and the time schedule, the demand about exam/final assignments

    • Did not have time to do the course in addition to other educational programme, family life and job

    • Wanted to join the summer school, without doing the work before

    • Some students who did not need the credits skiped the final assignment

    • Some students started with module 1 selfstudy at the same time as module 2 started resulted in too much work at the same time

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Reasons for reductions

  • Students were not fully aware of the demand and extend of co operation needed due to the taskoriented method in the courses

  • Some student had too limited access to computeres and internet

  • Some technical problems in the begining of the courses

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Teachers experience

  • Most of the teachers did eLearning courses for the first time

  • Difficulties with planning the progress and amount of work every week and during the courses.

  • eLearning pedagogy demands some new skills in teaching

  • Takes some time to learn how to work on the It:s Learning platform

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Dissemination of results

  • NUV-conferences in Oslo – 2004 (The Norwegian Opening University)

  • NSHK – Nordic Socialwork education committee, 21.st conference in Copenhagen, August 2005

  • Home-page: http://home.hib.no/ahs/virclass

  • EUSW-TN annual meetings

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Partners in the project period2003-2005

9 partners have been involved in the Virclass project:

  • Kjell Henriksbø – Bergen University College

  • Anne Karin Larsen – Bergen University College (coordinator)

  • Bob Sanders – University of Wales, Swansea

  • Klas-Göran Olsson – School of health and Social Sciences, Jønkøping, Sweden

  • Julija Eidukeviciute – University of Kaunas, Lithuania

  • Annamaria Campanini – University of Parma, Italy

  • Andres Arias Astray – University of Complutense, Madrid, Spain

  • Commune di Parma, Parma, Italy

  • Magne Ervik - City of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

  • Joni Kylmälä - Polytechnic Helsinki, Finland

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Participants in developing the educational programme and running the courses

  • Eduardo de Marques – Instituto Superior Miquel Torga, Coimbra, Portugal (new partner)

  • University of Warminsko-Mazurski W, Olztyn, Poland (new partner)

  • Answin Weissenborn - Hochschule Vorarlberg, Austria (new partner)

  • Morten Fahlvik - Mediacentre – HIB (new partner)

  • Carsten Otte, Mannheim, Germany

  • NEW PARTNERS from 2006:

  • Remmelt Veenkamp, INHOLLAND, Haarlem (new partner)

  • Frank Weber – Hochschule Vorarlberg, Austria (new partner)

  • Lisbeth Thomassen – Mediacentre Bergen

  • Grete Oline Hole - HIB

  • Olav Hauken - HIB

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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The future financial situation running the courses?

  • We hope that the eLearning application/EU will be approved (result in October/November)

  • We hope that we will be funded once more from NUV

  • We know there will be some support from HIB for the next year.

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Main objectives for the next project period running the courses

  • A model for didactical approach to eLearning courses in Social Work education

  • Creation of a Virtual Book

  • A model for administration and finance for international eLearning courses in Social Work in Europe

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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Plans for future running the courses

  • Adjustments of curriculumplan and modules - ects

  • Develop a new administrative and financial modell

  • Development of a didactical model and

    a Virtual Book about social work in Europe

  • Increase the flexibility in the study programme

  • Make the study available for use in other LMS programmes

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen running the courses


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It:s learning – a LMS system running the courses

  • This Learning Management System consists of:

  • Bulletin Board

  • Tutorials

  • Links

  • Organising the material in folders and files

  • Discussion area

    • Syncronic

    • Non syncronic

  • Possibilities to

    • Upload files

    • Pictures

    • Video

  • To administrate exam

    • To upload tasks and use the portfolio method

  • Includes a register for participants in courses

    • Internal/external messages

    • Statistics of progress

  • Calender function

HIB-AHS- Anne Karin Larsen


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