New technologies and creative practices in teaching groupwork


  • Anne Byrne National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Marguerita McGovern National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Ciara Bradley National University of Ireland, Maynooth



Abstract: This paper introduces the use of new technologies and creative practices in teaching groupwork within two applied Irish postgraduate MA courses (Social Work and Community Development). By reflecting on experiences of teaching groupwork through the use of visual biographies, mask making, aural and video podcasting, the authors argue that creative teaching works to integrate experiential, practical and theoretical knowledge of groupwork. A more widespread adoption and evaluation of creative technologies in teaching groupwork to enhance student learning and affirm professional competencies is proposed.

Keywords: social work; community development; creative technologies; podcasting; mask-making; visual biographies; group work; groupwork

Author Biographies

Anne Byrne, National University of Ireland, Galway


Marguerita McGovern, National University of Ireland, Galway

Practice Learning Coordinator

Ciara Bradley, National University of Ireland, Maynooth



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How to Cite

Byrne, A., McGovern, M., & Bradley, C. (2017). New technologies and creative practices in teaching groupwork. Groupwork, 27(1), 9-27.