Learning How to Teach Macro Practice Online: A Commitment to Social Work’s Roots

  • Jordan Wilfong Bowling Green State University
Keywords: online education, macro social work, social justice, community practice, policy practice


Despite the growing level of social inequality occurring in communities across the US, evidence suggests that social work programs are less frequently emphasizing macro practice courses and the importance of addressing community-level problems, usually since students have less interest in it. I found this particularly apparent in my first semester teaching an online macro practice social work course, during which students from all across the country expressed varying interest levels in and opinions on how to address community social problems. This article traces my experience overcoming difficulties teaching online social work students about the importance of macro practice and my overall concerns about distance education. An additional discussion is included on the need for online education to maintain social work’s macro practice and social justice roots.