Face-to-face instruction remains the dominant teaching method in undergraduate social work education today. However, the technological explosion of the 1980s and 1990s has provided the opportunity to expand our thinking beyond these traditional methods. An increasingly popular method of social work education utilizes various technological media to offer courses that serve students at a distance from the instructor. This article describes a post-hoc assessment of student learning conducted after a course was offered by a school of social work to 462 baccalaureate students. Approximately half of the students were enrolled in the course when it was delivered in a large lecture class format during the standard 15 week term. The remaining students (‘distant’ students) viewed videotapes of studio-filmed broadcasts of the same 15 week course. This assessment addresses the question, “Can undergraduate students learn as well by viewing videotapes of a broadcast course as from face-to-face instruction?”

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