Review of Teaching & Learning in Social Work for 2017

One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to read all of the “year-in-review” lists.  Books, records, movies, top ten social work journal articles – it doesn’t matter what the list is about, I’ll read it.  I am always curious how and why people choose to rank their favorite things from the year.  This must be because I find it hard to choose a favorite book or movie when there are so many good options, and how can I exclude anything as a social worker, the profession that loves diversity and strives for inclusion. So for 2017, I offer a list for the Teaching & Learning in Social Work Blog.  Not the top-ten blog posts, but the entire year.  Here are the numbers:

Number of Blog Posts in 2017 –  My goals was to write or publish at least two posts a month, which happened more months than not:

Total Blog Posts = 25
Highest number of Blog Posts published in one month = 6 (October)
Lowest number of Blog Posts published in one month = 0 (August)

Guest Educator Posts in 2017 – Another goal I have for this blog is to provide a space for others to share their work, particularly work that does not fit into the traditional academic publication venues.  For 2017,  I am thrilled that eight social work educators wrote seven different blog posts about their scholarship of teaching and learning for the blog.  I want to thank all of these authors for sharing their work and for all they do to educate future social workers!

Scholarship Dissemination Posts – My final goal for the year was to write more about my own scholarship by sharing content from conference presentations and any published articles.  I published seven posts about national conference presentations with colleagues, and wrote about one article I had published in 2017.  Clearly, I am doing more conferencing than publishing.

Below is a list of this year’s post grouped around the topics of assignments, projects, guest educator posts, and conference presentations.

Assignments & Learning Tasks: These blog posts provide information, how-to tips, and ideas about different types of technology-based assignments for the social work classroom:

Projects: These posts describe new projects that I started or worked on during 2017:

Social Media Toolkit for Social Work Field Educators with Allison Curington – The goal of this toolkit is to provide social work field educators with the tools and resources to help students assess, develop, and maintain an online identity for professional purposes.  We published the first edition of the toolkit in July 2017, and you can get your free copy at the one of the link below:

– Social Media Toolkit for Social Work Field Educators – Get your Free Copy
– #BPDNOLA17 – The Social Media Toolkit goes on the road

Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology with Melanie Sage and Nancy J. Smyth – This is our forthcoming book, to be published by CSWE Press in 2018. As part of our collaboration, we have published some of the content that will appear in the book on this blog:

Using Technology for Life-Long Learning in Social Work: Professional Learning Networks
Using Technology for Collaboration: Virtual Communities of Practice
Using Technology for Productivity: Managing the Academic Workload
Using Technology for Social Work Scholarship: Creating and Sharing your Work
Technology in Social Work Education: Educators’ Perspectives on the NASW Technology Standards for Social Work Education and Supervision

Social Media for Scholarship Dissemination with Melanie Sage – This work comes from our interest in how social work educators, researchers, and practitioners can use social media for data collection, outreach and recruitment, interventions, and dissemination of research.  We wrote about this work in the following posts:

– Harnessing Social Media for Social Good at #CG4SW
Harnessing Technology for Social Work Scholarship: #CSWResearch Day at Ohio State University

Guest Educators’ Posts:  These posts focus on technology in the social work classroom, specifically how to best incorporate technology into an assignment and how to introduce the importance of being proficient with technology as a practicing social worker:

Articles:  I had one article published in print this year.  This article comes from my dissertation research and tells the story of how social workers advocated for health care in the 1930s:

Conference Presentations: I attended three national conferences during 2017, for a grand total of seven presentations. Topics ranged from teaching with technology to using technology for professional development:

Conference #1 – 34th Annual Meeting for the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, March 1- 5, 2017

#BPDNOLA17 – Visualizing Data: Infographic Assignments across the Social Work Curriculum
#BPDNOLA17 – Road Map for Success: Incorporating Social Media in the Social Work Classroom
#BPDNOLA17 – The Social Media Toolkit goes on the road

Conference #2 – Third Annual Social Work Distance Education Conference, April 12-14, 2017

Day Two of #SWDE2017 – Integrating Technology-rich Assignments in the Curriculum
Day Two of #SWDE2017 – Professional Learning Networks for Social Work

Conference #3 – 63rd Annual Program Meeting for the Council on Social Work Education, October 19-22, 2017

#APM17 – Harnessing Technology for one’s own Good: Professional Learning Networks in Social Work
#APM17 Day 1 – Infusing Policy Practice into BSW Service Learning Course

For 2018, I am setting the following goals for the Teaching & Learning in Social Work Blog:

  • Write or publish 30 blog posts
  • Increase the number of blog subscribers from 100 to 200
  • Publish 10 guest educator blog posts

That’s it for 2017.  Please send me a tweet (@laurelhitchcock) or submit a comment this post if you have an idea for future blog posts.  Happy New Year!

How to cite this blog post:

Hitchcock, L. (2017, December 26). Review of Teaching & Learning in Social Work for 2017. [Blog post]. Retrieved from:

Author: Laurel Hitchcock

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