Utilising a Virtual Community to practice Community Work theory during COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa


  • Elmien Claassens University of Pretoria


In this practice note, I highlight the challenges social work practice lecturers overcame during a national lockdown midst the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa whilst converting face to face teaching on community work to the online environment. I discuss how a fictitious virtual community was created, enabling students to apply the theoretical knowledge on community work from the practice module. I share the practical application on how students were able to ‘do’ community work in a virtual community and what we as a team of social work practice educators learned as a result.

Author Biography

Elmien Claassens, University of Pretoria

Department of Social Work & Criminology

Social Work Lecturer (Practice)


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How to Cite

Claassens, E. (2021). Utilising a Virtual Community to practice Community Work theory during COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 17(3), 138-142. Retrieved from https://journals.whitingbirch.net/index.php/JPTS/article/view/1456