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Souls on Ice: Incorporating Emotion in Web-Based Education

This chapter describes the development of a Web-based undergraduate child welfare course at the School of Social Work, University of Victoria, Canada. It explains the course pedagogy and an overview of the course. The emphasis on distance education (DE) was driven by a desire to make social work education accessible to those in remote parts of Canada. Children were separated from their families and communities, prohibited from speaking their native language or practicing traditions, and forced to learn European traditions-a practice that is now recognized as a form of cultural genocide. The Vioctoria school recently began to offer Aboriginal students the opportunity to obtain a social work degree that specializes in First Nations social work. Learning objects are particularly viable in dual course development because an object can be constructed in a Web-based and classroom format. A classroom small group discussion can also be a WebCT small group discussion.