1st Edition

Online and Distance Social Work Education Current Practice and Future Trends

Edited By Paul A. Kurzman, Melissa Littlefield Copyright 2020
    356 Pages
    by Routledge

    356 Pages
    by Routledge

    Online and Distance Social Work Education: Current Practice and Future Trends provides a comprehensive presentation on the evolution, current status and future direction of distance learning and online education in the social work profession.

    Documenting the current state-of-the-art, this book demonstrates the power of distance learning and online technology and addresses future trends in web-based social work education. Written by widely recognized experts, the chapters represent an authoritative statement of the present state-of-the-art in the application of technology to contemporary social work education. The insights of these experts will be of great interest to students and faculty in the 798 accredited social work programs in the United States. They are creating a revolution in the profession which will forever change the nature of education for professional practice.

    Authored by widely recognized educators on the cutting edge of technological innovation, this text will be relevant to social work students and educators in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs in the USA and internationally.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in the Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

    Part I.  An Overview and Perspective

    1. An Introduction: Reimagining Social Work Education for the Digital Age, Littlefield, M.B.

    2. The Current Status of Social Work Online and Distance Education, Kurzman, P.A.

    Part II.  Emergent Paradigms

    3. Community of Inquiry (CoI): A Framework for Social Work Distance Educators, Micsky, T. &  Foels, L.

    4. Beyond the Online Versus On-Campus Debate: Leveraging Technology in a CoI Framework to Enhance Student and Faculty Presence in the MSW Classroom, Parga, J., Bargar, K., Monte, S., Supranovich, R., Brown, D.

    5. A Synchronous Online Social Work PhD Program: Educational Design and Student/ Faculty Response, Myers, D., Singletary, J., Rogers, R., Ellor, J., Barham, S.

    6. Reflections of an Online Social Work Professor: Illuminating an Alternative Pedagogy, Richter, R.

    7. Web-Based Social Work Courses: Guidelines for Developing and Implementing an Online Environment, Dawson, B. A. , Fenster, J. 

    Part III. Ethical and Diversity Considerations 

    8. Digital Ethics in Social Work Education, Joiner, J.

    9. Globalization or Colonization in Online Education: Opportunity or Oppression? Reyes, M., Segal, E.

    10. Diversity and Difference in the Online Environment, Jacobsen, J.

    11. The Teacher-Learner Relationship: Considerations for Social Work in the Digital Age, Spitz, J.

    Part IV.  Strategies for Engagement

    12. Introducing Social Work to Hyflex Blended Learning: A Student-Centered Approach, Malczyk, B.

    13. Teacher as Client Therapy (TACT): A Model for Simulated Learning for Traditional and Online Delivery Models, McKinney, J.

    14. VoiceThread as a Tool in Online BSW Education, Joiner, J., Patterson, D.

    15. Exploring Online and Blended Course Delivery in Social Group Work, Carter, I., Damianakis, T., Munro, S., Skinner, H., Matin, S., Andrews, T. N.

    16. Converting a Face-to-Face Introductory Research Methods Course to an Online Format: Pedagogical Issues and Technological Tools, Ward, C., Secret, M., Newmark, A.

    17. Using A Virtual Agency to Teach Research, Schwartz, R., Sanchez Mayers, R., Curran, L., Fulghum, F.

    Part V.  Tools for Assessment and Administration

    18. Designing for Quality: Distance Education Rubrics for Online MSW Programs, Littlefield, M., Rubinstein, K., Brown-Laveist, C.

    19. Developing and Supporting Faculty Training for Online Social Work Education: The Columbia University School of Social Work Online Pedagogy Institute, Baez, J., Marquart, M., Chung, R., Ryan, D., Garay, K.

    20. The One-Minute Paper as a Catalyst for Change in Online Pedagogy, Campbell, M., Abel, E., Lucio, R.

    21. Cutting the Distance in Distance Education: Reflections on the Use of E-Technologies in a New Zealand Social Work Program, Stanley-Clarke, N., English, A., Yeung, P.

    22. Human Service Administrator Perceptions of Online MSW Degree Programs, Curran, L., Mayers, R. S., Fulghum, F.


    Paul A. Kurzman, PhD, ACSW is a Professor of Social Work at Hunter College and Professor of Social Welfare at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he teaches policy and practice in the MSW and Ph.D. programs. He is an author/editor of 10 books and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

    Melissa B. Littlefield, PhD, LGSW is Associate Professor and Chair of the Master of Social Work Department at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a recognized expert on multiculturalism, race, ethics and computer technology.