Social Work Virtual Pal (#SWVirtualPal)… a very ‘real’ connection! [BLOG POST]

Amanda M L Taylor, Laurel Hitchcock

Research output: Other contribution


As with all other professions, social work has history of developing local and global ‘Communities of Practice’ (Farnsworth, Kleanthous & Wenger-Trayner, 2016 ). In previous times, the form and work of these communities were largely dictated by geography and cost. The time and financial implications of meeting ‘in person’ very much shaped the nature, the scope and the possibilities of the work; and meeting in person, at that time, was often the only feasible thing to do. The emergence of communication and social media type technologies has changed all of that. Dating back 30 years, new forms of social work academic communities (husITa, 2017) began to surface. Inasmuch as online communities and connections continue to materialize, survive and thrive, sadly notions of ‘real’ still permeate conversations regarding the online world (Couts, 2013;Zgoda & Shane, 2018).
Original languageEnglish
TypeSocial Work Virtual Pal (#SWVirtualPal)… a very ‘real’ connection!
Media of outputBlog
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2018


  • SWVirtualPal
  • social work
  • social work education
  • social work practice
  • global social work


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