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Creating a TeleLearning Community for Training Social Work Practitioners Working with Troubled Youth and Their Families

As social work educators increasingly move toward integrating the use of new communication technologies and Web-based educational environments into existing classroom-designed courses, interesting shifts are being witnessed in how instruction is being delivered and how students learn. As a result, new learning environments are increasingly becoming available for social work students. Instruction is slowly moving from a mode of teacher-student interaction occurring in fixed locations at specified times to one in which students can access instructional resources from a variety of technology-supported learning environments regardless of one's location and at the student's convenience. This is becoming possible because several new technologies have matured to such an extent that instruction can be delivered to students on the campus, in their homes, or in their work places (Baker & Gloster, 1994).