This edited collection focuses on the early development, gradual evolution, and present status of distance learning and online education in the social work profession. Relevant for social work students and educators in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs, this book is an authoritative statement authored by widely recognized educators on the cutting edge of technological innovation.
In addressing the future of web-based social work education, the collection demonstrates the power of distance learning and online technology. The chapters cover a comprehensive range of topics, including organizational and administrative aspects, teaching and practice, recent research and the challenge of creating intimacy and interaction. The volume provides a valuable set of insights into how distance learning and online education are transforming how social work is increasingly being taught today, and will surely be offered in the future.
This book was originally published in the Journal of Teaching in Social Work.
Introduction: The Evolution of Distance Learning and Online Education Paul A. Kurzman Part 1: Organizational and Administrative Perspectives 1. Launching a Virtual Academic Center: Issues and Challenges in Innovation Marilyn Flynn, R. Paul Maiden, Wendy Smith, June Wiley and Gary Wood 2. Cost Analysis of a Distance Education MSW Program Rebecca L. Stotzer, Keith Fujikawa, Jill Sur and Pam Arnsberger 3. Distance and Online Social Work Education: Novel Ethical Challenges Frederic G. Reamer 4. Distance Guest Speakers in Online Synchronous Classrooms: Practical and Legal Considerations Melanie Sage 5. Current Challenges in Social Work Distance Education: Responses from the Elluminati William Pelech, Dan Wulff, Ellen Perrault, Jessica Ayala, Myra Baynton, Margaret Williams, Rachael Crowder, and Janki Shankar Part 2: Teaching and Simulating Practice 6. Teaching MSW Social Work Practice in a Blended Online Learning Environment Shelley Levin, Doni Whitsett, and Gary Wood 7. Teaching Direct Practice Skills Using Web-Based Simulations: Home Visiting in the Virtual World Amy Blank Wilson, Suzanne Brown, Zoe Breen Wood, and Kathleen J. Farkas 8. Establishing a Community of Inquiry through Hybrid Courses in Clinical Social Work Education Maria Ferrera, Noam Ostrander, and Sonya Crabtree-Nelson 9. Utilizing Video Conferencing to Introduce an International Perspective to Foundation Practice Mary Ann Forgey, Hilda Loughran, and Johna Hansen Part 3: Teaching and Conducting Research 10. A Comparison of Student Knowledge and Attitude towards Research: Are Main Campus Students Different than those in a Hybrid Environment? Rachel L. Buchanan and Deborah A. Mathews 11. A National Research Survey of Technology Use in the BSW Teaching and Learning Process Brittany Buquoi, Carli McClure, Joseph W. Kotrlik, Krisanna Machtmes, and J. C. Bunch 12. Research on Webbed Connectivity in a Web-Based Learning Environment: Online Social Work Education Dorinda Noble and Amy Catherine Russell 13. A Process Evaluation of an Online BSW Program: Getting the Student Perspective Carolyn McAllister Part 4: Creating Intimacy and Interaction 14. Being an Elbow: A Phenomenological Autoethnography of Faculty-Student Collaboration for Accommodations Regina T.P. Aguirre and Chad Duncan 15. Introducing Case Management to Students in a Virtual World: An Exploratory Study Joanne Levine and Ruifang Hope Adams 16. Meeting Professional Competencies through Specialized Distance Education: The McMaster University Addiction Studies Program Rick Csiernik and Christie McGaghran 17. Increasing MSW Students’ Information Competencies through Online Tutorials, Application Exercises, and Course Assignments John A. Kayser, Jennifer Bowers, Lin Jiang, and Marian Bussey 18. The Pathway Program: How a Collaborative, Distributed Learning Program Showed Us the Future of Social Work Education Teresa Morris, Christine Mathias, Ronnie Swartz, Celeste A. Jones, and Meka Klungtvet-Morano Conclusion 19. Toward the Future R. Paul Maiden