When I attended the iTeach training in Fairbanks in May, I was impressed by the instructors’ slide presentations. So, when I saw this slideshare presentation, I thought I would share this with the iTeach community.
So I am thinking about my Rural Social Work course for exploring my big ideas and essential questions…
Big Idea: Listening to stories is key to success!
1. How does strengths focused social work as opposed to problem focused social work change the outcomes?
(This idea encompasses concepts around strengths, capacity, asset based approaches, participatory approaches, community driven and community focused solutions, paternalism and oppression).
2. What happens when you take the context out of your work with clients (individuals, groups, communities)?
(This idea encompasses concepts around access, diversity, level of rural, environment, natural resources, culture, language resources, community strengths and challenges, types of social services and types of issue [poverty for example]).
3. Are understanding of and utilization of relationships necessary in rural social work practice?
(This idea encompasses concepts around systems of care, ecological perspective, biopsychosocialculturalspirtual approach, environment and ecosystem, history, community relationships, culture, nature, politics, ethics and management of ethical issues).
Much of social work practice is about “leaning into” discomfort. I find myself struggling to do so as I begin to “unpack” the big ideas of our beginning practice course. However, some thoughts revolve around the following:
Big Idea: Professional social work practice is facilitating connection and relationships
Essential Questions: What is ethical practice in generalist social work? How do you conduct yourself as a professional social worker? How do you engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate clients across levels of practice?
The more I sit with this the more I try to tinker with it trying to capture the essence of what students should gain. For now, this will do.
Hi. My name is LaVerne Demientieff. I am an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Dept at the UAF main campus. I teach social work courses on campus and by distance audio and have created and taught 2 online courses with the help of distance ed. I still have so much to learn….I am excited to continue the process…. See you all tomorrow.
It seems funny that although I feel like I kept my stress in check with the information overload this week, I get really stressed thinking about all the work I have before me. I have one course to revise and two new courses (to me) that I want to use the “BIG IDEA” approach to the courses. I think the best approach is to use the course and classroom organization tools to focus on ONE course at a time. I really enjoyed the course and getting to know everyone attending the class.
I learned that need a great deal of time to create an eLearning version of the course I planned to focus on this week: ED201 – Foundations of Education. I think I need at least a week of only focusing on ED201 to create a course.
I do have a much better understanding of the process of creating an eLearning course PLUS I learned about many tools I can integrate into the courses I currently teach: Padlet, Pearltrees, Diigo, WordPress….
I teach a Media Literacy course (ED486) through distance delivery (audio-conference, Blackboard, Elluminate), and wonder if there is an eLearning section developed yet. I am interested in exploring developing and teaching that course – I’ll start a conversation with my dept chair about putting that together if it hasn’t yet been done. It’s a half-oral intensive…through vide0-capture or audio tools, even an eLearning course could assess oral communication skills.
Thank you for all the great ideas!