Call for Contributions – Assignment Compendium for Book on Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology

Dear Social Work Colleague,

You are invited to contribute to an assignment appendix on a book that is tentatively titled Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology, due to be published with CSWE Press in 2016. The book authors are Laurel Hitchcock, Melanie Sage, and Nancy Smyth. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2015.

The assignment appendix will be resource of contributed assignments or class activities that either educate about, or rely on the use of, technology in social work practice and education. We welcome contributions in which technology plays a supporting role or where technology competency is the practice outcome. For example, assignments may instruct students to: 1) develop a press release about research and announce it via social media: 2) use a videolog to demonstrate a clinical technique; or 3) use Twitter to communicate with a policy-based agency. We expect to include about 50 contributions. This appendix of assignments will be divided by curricular areas (Practice, HBSE, Policy, Research, and Field Education). We envision the appendix as an important resource for educators of all proficiency levels. Each assignment contribution should be about one page; contributions may be edited for clarity or space. You can submit as many assignments as you would like. Please submit each assignment separately. A sample assignment is available at:

Please submit your contribution at this website:  At the site, you will be asked to give the submission a title, identify the social work curricular area, practice competencies, to explain the assignment as you would to a student (300-600 words), provide the time and technology requirements, and note any other necessary information for instructors.

Individual contributor names will be printed alongside the assignments. Submissions will only be accepted in English. You may have an assignment already in your syllabus that you could share with a wider audience. We look forward to seeing your contributions. Please share with your departmental colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact one of the authors:

Laurel Hitchcock: 205-934-8673
Melanie Sage: 701-777-1224
Nancy Smyth: 716-645-1266

Author: Laurel Hitchcock

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