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The Impact of Distance Education Technology on Blending Two Cultures

Two fairly recent trends, distance education and schools collaborating to offer joint programs, are beginning to occur in social work education. The literature on distance education has largely focused on describing various technologies, strategies, and questions of effectiveness. But very little has been written about more qualitative phenome-

na, such as the impact of technology on classroom dynamics or program culture. Understanding an organization's culture is essential to understanding an organization's "behavior." Culture is not only created in interaction, but influences interaction. This paper examines the impact of distance education technology on the developing culture of a newly accredited Master of Social Work program. This program is a joint venture of two universities which is exclusively taught via distance education technology.