Review of #SWDE2016

In case you didn’t make it to the Second Annual Social Work Distance Education Conference (#SWDE2016) in Indianapolis this year, there are plenty of online resources to make you feel like you were there…almost.

First, the conference website has a downloadable copy of the program from this year and last year (2015), and will soon have copies of handouts from this year’s breakout sessions.  You can also find handouts from last year’s sessions as well as videos from the plenary sessions.  Check back soon for this year’s information.

Next, Sean Erreger (@StuckonSW) created a Storify transcript of tweets from the conference, using the conference hashtag #SWDE2016.  This transcript will show you who was tweeting and what they were saying about the conference and individual sessions.  You can also search for the hashtag directly on Twitter to see the same tweets. You should also check out Sean’s video where he interviews three of the conference’s participants – Melanie Sage, Todd Sage & Linda Grobman.

Finally, here are some blog posts about happenings at the conference:

Tools for Practice Tuesday: Keeping up with #SWDE2016: This post is by Sean Erreger who observed the conference from afar.

Social Work in Distance Education (SWDE) 2016 Conference: This post is Melanie Sage who attended the conference.

#SWDE2016 Incorporating Digital & Social Technologies into Social Work Education: This post highlights the session that Melanie Sage, Nancy J. Smyth and I did about incorporating technology in teaching.

#SWDE2016 Teaching & Learning Professional Social Work Skills w/ Twitter: This post describes the conference session about the work Jimmy Young and I have done on using Twitter in the Classroom.

Did anyone else blog about the conference? Please post a comment and I will add your post this list!


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#SWDE2016 Teaching & Learning Professional Social Work Skills w/ Twitter

Screenshot 2016-04-09 20.50.23On Day Two of the Social Work Distance Education Conference,  I will be presenting a workshop about the work Jimmy Young and I have done with Twitter in the classroom.  If you are at the conference today, please join me in the B& O Room at 3:45 PM for the workshop.  Our work focuses on the growing awareness that Twitter, a micro-blogging social media platform, can be a valuable tool in social work education to help students develop and practice social work competencies.  This workshop will inform participants about the development, implementation and assessment of different assignments using Twitter for teaching social welfare policy and macro social work practice.  Sample assignments, practical tips and a demonstration of Twitter will be provided to participants.  The learning objectives for the workshop include:

1.Understand how the social media platform Twitter can be incorporated into assignments for social work courses to advance learning of the profession’s competencies.

2. Demonstrate how social work educators can assess attainment of competency among students using a social media assignment paired with a rubric for evaluation of the assignment’s learning outcomes.

3. Appreciate the role of professional collaboration in the development, implementation and assessment of social media-based assignments.

Here are some of the resources from the workshop:

Prezi Slides – Teaching & Learning Professional Social Work Skills w/ Twitter Workshop

How to Participate in a Live Twitter Chat – Tips for Social Workers

Website for #MacroSW

Competency-Based Rubric for Live Twitter Chat Assignment

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#SWDE2016 Incorporating Digital & Social Technologies into Social Work Education

Screenshot 2016-04-12 15.02.43Today is the Day 1 of the Second Annual Social Work Distance Education Conference, and I am lucky enough to be presenting with Drs. Melanie Sage (University of North Dakota) and Nancy J. Smyth (University of Buffalo, SUNY) about how to incorporate digital and social technologies into social work education. Our workshop will inform participants about the mechanics as well as the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating digital and social technologies assignments into social work courses.  Topics to be covered include the importance of digital literacy and how to use theory to inform the integration of technology into their online courses.  Participants will learn about example assignments and learning activities for social work courses that incorporating digital and social media such as microblogging, designing infographics, and creating a video. By the end of the workshop, participants will:

1. Understand the importance of digital literacy in 21st century social work practice.

2. Demonstrate how digital and social technologies can be incorporated into assignments for social work courses.

3. Appreciate the role of theory to support the development and implementation of technology-based assignments.

Here is a link to the slides from the workshop:

We also shared the following handout: Technology-Based Learning Task List for Social Work Education.

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Review of #BPDTX16

I spent five days in Dallas last week (3/30/16-4/3/16) at the 2016 Annual Program Meeting for the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, one of my favorite social work conferences.  My good colleague, Dr. Jimmy Young of California State University – San Marcos, wasn’t able to attend this year’s conference, but wrote a blog post about the pre-conference workshop we worked on with Dr. Stephen Baldridge of Abilene Christian University.  As a member of the BPD Technology Committee, I spent most of my time at sessions from the Technology Track.  Here are some of the sessions I attended and tweeted about during the conference:

– Dr. Becky Anthony & Ms. Jennifer Jewell from Salisbury University presented on A Social Media How-To Guide for BSW Educators – This interactive workshop explores research and best practices to help educators understand how to utilize social media in their courses and departments.  Pros, cons, and goals will be discussed. Also, a student perspective will be reviewed.  Attendees are encouraged to share their own experiences and strategies.

– Dr. Thomas Felke from Florida Gulf Coast University presented on Revealing Patterns, Improving Service Delivery, and Empowering Communities: GIS for Social Work – Social work students and practitioners armed with GIS technology can better understand community needs, measure environmental forces, and improve service delivery. However, few social work departments nationwide offer GIS courses. This session introduces participants to GIS uses within social work and provides real-world examples of social work applications of GIS.

– Dr. Melanie Sage & Mr. Todd Sage from the University of North Dakota presented on Professional Online Identities for Students and Faculty – In today’s internet-reliant culture, a prospective meeting with a social worker or faculty member is often preceded by an internet search.  Social workers have the opportunity to shape their professional online identities. Tools and resources are presented to help social work educators support students in developing online identities.  Here is a link to a blog post about their presentation.

Here is a link to a Storify transcript I created of tweets from the conference.  You’ll see my tweets about each of these sessions as well tweets from other social work educators.  Also, here are links to blog posts about my three presentations at the conference:

Social Media and Technology Basics for the Social Work Educator

Using Pinterest in Undergraduate Social Work Education

Service Learning Labs: Integrating experiential learning across a BSW Curriculum

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