Funded Project

Pitstop: Supporting students on placement using social media

Project details
Project contributors Julie Kent and Jason Eyre
Organisation De Montfort University
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Disciplinary focus Social Work, technology
Start date September 2010


The PITSTOP project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of interactive social media in improving the learning environment of social work undergraduates during their second year BA (Hons) Social Work practice placements.

The PITSTOP project will focus firstly on whether on line discussion boards can improve the quality of learning of social work undergraduates during their second year practice placements for the BA (Hons) Social Work. The quality of learning will apply specifically to evidence-based practice demonstrated on placement and written up by the students for the practice curriculum they submit for assessment.

A second focus will be on whether interactive social media prove useful for the practice education team (tutor, practice assessor, on site supervisor) in improving the learning environment for students in light of poor attendance at University-based information workshops.

The effect on the learning environment will be judged on a quantitative review of student performance in assessment; and a qualitative assessment of student, tutor and practice assessor experiences.

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