A Comparison of On-Campus and Off-Campus (or Distance) Social Work Education

Louise Oliaro-Vancorler, Christopher Trotter

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This study explored the differences between on- and off-campus social work education focusing on student demographics, academic achievements, and student satisfaction. The study focused on a cohort of recent graduates from Monash University Bachelor of Social Work course. The study is quantitative with a small amount of qualitative data used to illustrate some of the quantitative findings. Data were collected using a telephone questionnaire/survey and student records. The data were analysed using the statistical computer package, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. The study found differences in the demographics of on- and off-campus recent graduates but minimal differences in terms of general satisfaction and grades. However, while off-campus recent graduates were generally satisfied with their course, they tended to be less satisfied with their offcampus mode of study. It seems that they often studied off-campus because it was the only, or the most convenient, choice open to them. It is concluded that off-campus social work education meets the needs of a particular group of students and as such is an important option for social work education. A? 2010 Australian Association of Social Workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329 - 344
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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