Karen Zgoda is a social work educator, a Doctoral Student in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, MA, and a founding member of #MacroSW, an online community for macro social workers. In this blog post, she shares her tips for helping social work students learn how to be professional in online learning environments.
Interviewer: Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, PhD candidate in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston
In this episode, our guest Dr. Allan Barsky discusses updates and enhancements that were recently made to the practice standards involving the use of technology. He describes how the standards can provide guidance when utilizing technology in micro, mezzo, and macro level interventions and in developing policies that address the benefits, challenges, and risks associated with the use of technology in practice.
Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD, is a professor with the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches ethics; conflict resolution; addictions; and generalist social work. His book credits include “Interprofessional Practice with Diverse Populations,” “Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions,” “Successful Social Work Education,” and “Ethics & Values in Social Work.” Dr. Barsky is a past chair of the National Ethics Committee of the NASW. He received the 2015 “Excellence in Ethics Award” from the NASW. Dr. Barsky chaired the NASW’s Code of Ethics Review Task Force and was a member of the National Task Force on Practice Standards for Social Work and Technology.
APA (6th ed) citation for this podcast:
Episode 231 – Dr. Allan Barsky: Practice Standards on Social Work and Technology: Changes, Challenges, and Ongoing Debates. (2018, January 15). inSocialWork® Podcast Series. [Audio Podcast] Retrieved from http://www.insocialwork.org/episode.asp?ep=231
Now published – Digital Literacy in Social Work Education: A Case Study Incorporating Technology and Social Media Within the Social Work Curriculum in the Special Section on Multimedia in Nonprofit Education of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. I discussed this work at CSWE APM back in October. Here is the abstract:
To remain competitive and culturally competent, social work education must incorporate digital literacy and technological instruction to prepare students for work with clients and colleagues throughout their professional lives. When instructors offer a grounding in technology skills for modern social work practice and provide feedback to students in a supportive classroom setting, social work students become more confident and poised to handle the complications of technology and social media while interacting with clients, agencies, nonprofit organizations, and society as a whole. The purpose of this article is to present a case study of a social work course on classic and contemporary communication skills that focuses on communication, writing, and digital literacy, designed for BSW students. The article includes rationale for course development, course description, and sample digital writing activities from the course.
I worked with amazing social work writer Kryss Shane on this article. Special thank you to Jimmy Young, editor of this special issue, for your feedback and support to improve this work. To access the article (log in required), head to the journal’s web site. To follow updates on this work, head to my ResearchGate page for the article.
In Boston, it’s currently snowing sideways so hard I can barely see across the street. It’s reasonable to expect at least one or two snow days during the school year in these parts and, having grown up in Buffalo, NY, I enjoy them greatly.
A Twitter conversation with a colleague prompted me to compile resources for staying on top of course material when the weather refuses to cooperate. If campus was closed and I was due to teach a face to face course today, I would hold the class online using the campus LMS discussion board. This is also helpful for situations in which falling behind on course material would negatively impact the rest of the semester (statistics and research courses, I’m looking at you).
Here is the syllabus language I use to communicate snow day expectations to students. We also review it together on the first day of class to address any questions or concerns students may have:
Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather and campus is closed, class will be held online using the discussion board in Blackboard. Instructions for class participation will be emailed to you.
Here are resources I have found helpful for holding class online:
- Online Teaching, It Turns Out, Isn’t Impersonal
- Developing Online Learning Activities for Blended Courses
- Online Teaching Tools and Resources from Yale University Center for Language Study
- MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
- Netiquette: Ground Rules for Online Discussions (I use this often)
- Online Discussions from Cornell University Center for Teaching Innovation
- Online Discussion Rubrics
- Create Accessible Narrated Powerpoint for Content Delivery Online
- Screencasts (I love Screencast-O-Matic)
- Consider adapting some of these Interactive Techniques for your campus LMS
- Crossword Puzzle Maker – great for learning vocabulary
- Online Scavenger Hunts
- Fill in the Blank Worksheet Creator
The hardest part of a snow day should be making sure you have french toast ingredients and keeping a mischievous cat out of trouble.
Stay warm and stay safe!
Written communication skills are so important for students to learn. As a social work instructor for nearly 10 years, I often gave students feedback and guidance to improve their writing. The following list contains the most common writing mistakes I encountered and suggestions for how to fix them. This list is geared toward social science writing and use of APA Style.
Most Common APA Style Errors
- General APA advice
- APA In-Text Citations
- APA In-Text Citations: Author Format
- APA Reference Lists: Basic Rules
- APA Reference List: Articles in Periodical
- How to Cite Something You Found on a Website in APA Style
- How to Cite Something You Found on a Website in APA Style: What to Do When Information Is Missing
- APA Tables, Appendices, Footnotes and Endnotes
- APA Style Quick Answers—Formatting
Properly Using the Work of Others
- How Not to Plagiarize
- Decide when to Quote, Paraphrase and Summarize
- Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
- Floating Quotations
- Writing Tip: Use active, not passive sentences
- Fused/Run-On Sentences
- Rules for Finding and Fixing Fragments
- 1st vs. 3rd person
- Using “By Zombies” to Help You Identify Passive Voice
Writing Research and Other Scientific Papers
- Tips & Tricks: Try “Writer’s Math”, Dr. Greer’s More-or-Less Formula for Better First Drafts
- Using Topic Sentences to Write Stronger, Better-Organized Scientific Manuscripts
- Writing the Empirical Social Science Research Paper: A Guide for the Perplexed
- Common Errors in Student Research Papers
- 10 Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals
What is missing? What would you add to this list?
For additional back to school tips for social workers, check out my eBook: Back to School Guide for Social Work Students.
Wishing all the new and returning students (myself included!) much success in the coming year!
I created the following Sway presentation for both the Teaching & Technology Center as a Teaching & Technology Faculty Advisor and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), a “faculty development program that holds workshops, hosts guest speakers, runs retreats, awards grants, provides faculty time and space for their own scholarly writing, and supports faculty in their endeavors to improve student writing” at Bridgewater State University. The presentation contains a broad overview of digital tools for engaging writing assignments presented during a series of workshops. It includes many resources and videos with more information that could not be covered adequately during the workshops.
In this episode, our guests Karen Zgoda, Rachel L. West, and Patricia Shelly describe how they are using macro social work Twitter chats to promote support for and education about all forms of macro practice activities. They discuss what Twitter chats are, why they matter, and why social workers are producing and participating in them.
Karen Zgoda, LCSW, is an instructor in the School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She starting hosting online social work chats in 2000 and is currently a collaborator and chat host for the #MacroSW Twitter chats, focused on macro social work practice. Karen previously wrote the SW 2.0 technology column for The New Social Worker Magazine and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and project coordinator at CTCNet working on digital divide issues. Her research and pedagogical interests include technology in social work and education, macro social work, social policy, and research methods. You can find Ms. Zgoda on Twitter as @karenzgoda.
Rachel West, LMSW, is social media manager for the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), where she became one of the founders of the #MacroSW Twitter chats. In 2012, she founded The Political Social Worker, a blog dedicated to community practice social work and politics. Providing consultation to nonprofits and private practices since 2013, Ms. West’s consultation focuses on a number of issues related to advocacy and community outreach, including the use of social media as a community organizing tool. Ms. West also works privately as a career coach, coaching and training macro social workers. Additionally, she is an instructor at Stony Brook University, School of Social Welfare, teaching advanced macro social work practice. You can find Ms. West on Twitter as @poliSW.
Patricia Shelly, MSW, is director of community engagement and expansion at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She has served as a member of the LGBT Domestic Violence Committee of Western New York for 12 years and the Women in Black Buffalo movement for 15 years. Previously, Ms. Shelly was the associate director for the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender at the University at Buffalo. She is the editor of SocialWorkSynergy, the blog of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is a chat partner for the #MacroSW Twitter chats and often serves as a chat host. You can find Ms. Shelly on Twitter as @PatShellySSW.
APA (6th ed) citation for this podcast:
Episode 210 – Karen Zgoda, Rachel L. West, and Patricia Shelly: Promoting Macro Social Work Through Social Media/Twitter Chats. (2017, February 27). inSocialWork® Podcast Series. [Audio Podcast] Retrieved from http://www.insocialwork.org/episode.asp?ep=210