Using Social Media to teach and assess Macro/Policy-based Social Work Competencies – #BPD2015 Conference

Excited to again add a social media colleagues original research/presentation for “Scholarly Saturday” . It seems like we are just scratching the service of the use of social media for the helping professions. Although micro practice is limited by privacy laws, macro and education can use tools such as Twitter in powerful ways. This presentation demonstrates the use of a twitter chat to engage students in a conversation about social policy. Also contains guidelines for assessment as well. Enjoy…

JimmySW

I am presenting with Dr. Laurel Hitchcock at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Director’s Annual 2015 Conference on March 6, 2015 about our social media assignment designed for social work students to learn about and try their hand at macro- and policy-practice skills. In this workshop, we describe how we developed, implemented and assessed this assignment which incorporates a documentary movie with a live Twitter chat. We will discuss things we learned along the way and offer tips on how other educators can incorporate a similar assignment into their courses. The learning objectives for this session include:

  1. Understand how the social media platform Twitter can be incorporated into assignments for social work policy courses at the BSW-level.
  2. Demonstrate how social work educators can assess attainment of competency among BSW students using a social media assignment paired with a Rubric for evaluation of the assignment’s learning outcomes.
  3. Appreciate the…

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