Venturing into the unknown with the use of ICTs in social work education during COVID-19

Suet Lin Hung*, Kwok Kin Fung

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This paper reports on a case study of Hong Kong based on the authors’ participatory observations and analysis of a university delivering qualifying social work programmes during COVID-19. Some background is provided for responses to COVID-19 in Hong Kong, with particular attention paid to the evolving responses of the university under study. The paper then reviews and discusses (i) the strategies deviating from traditional face-to-face meetings that have been adopted during different waves of the pandemic in the local context; (ii) the responses of teachers to using information and communication technology (ICT) in their teaching and their concerns about the new methods; (iii) the opportunities and challenges offered by the use of ICT in social work education; and (iv) the implications of this sudden uptake in ICT for teaching for the future development of social work education in response to social uncertainties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-187
Number of pages16
JournalChina Journal of Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Hong Kong
  • information and communication technology
  • social work education
  • teaching and learning


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