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

Author: Laurel Hitchcock

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