Tools For Practice Tuesday: Participatory Design via Mad*Pow

Last week I attended this informative webinar via Mad*Pow Design.  It was about the concept of “Participatory Design” and how it can help discover unmet needs.  Taken from the presentation here is the definition…

I found this a great tool to perhaps get your organization “unstuck”.  In mental health and non-profit spaces we often design programs with organizational leaders as the experts. Typically the closest thing we come to engaging participants in program design is having a focus group.  Sometimes we don’t even engage our own staff in the design of programs.

I found this diagram especially helpful. When starting a new program who the “experts”, “participants”, “researchers” and “designers” are fits in this spectrum. Think about the last program you developed and where it fit…

This sets the table for using a variety of strategies to walk through the design process.  The concept of going well beyond “the experts” pushing design can be powerful.  I can’t really do this process justice as it involves a lot of strategies. Those familiar with solution focused therapy, it reminds of activities to “externalize” or “name” the problem.

By designing programs and interfaces with Lego’s, collage, stickers, Post-It’s and even pipe cleaners; participants are able to walk through a concept. One is able to identify flaws and workflow problems. Most importantly discover things you didn’t discover in your basic concept. Learning about this process has a lot of value. This could assist your group or organization with design or even redesign of a program.

I would encourage to watch the rest of the WEBINAR FOUND HERE

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Tools for Practice Tuesday: Keeping up with #SWDE2016

I am trying my best to keep up with technology and how it is impacting social work direct practice. This past week I had an opportunity to catch a glimpse of how technology is effecting social work education. I was not there (a theme for me) but I followed The Social Work Distance Education Conference on twitter. This event was sponsored by The Council On Social Work Education and The Indiana University School of Social Work. Using the hashtag #SWDE2016 participants were tweeting out wonderful ideas and resources about social work pedagogy and technology.

Social Work education certainly has come a long way since 1998 and online education has played a key role. There was a great presentation done by Linda Grobman and Susan Mankita on the history of social work practice online…

It was a great juxtaposition to the updates provided at this conference. Social Work Education has had challenges but new designs and technology offer solutions. Technology is being used to empower the individuals we serve and there were examples of technology being used to empower social work students…

These tweets are just scratching the surface. There were incredible examples of mixing change in pedogogy with technology to get creative and collaborative about learning. I collected the entire three days of tweets into the below storify… If you are a social work educator or a practitioner interested in the latest trends for social work distance education check out the below storify …

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Also check out Melanie Sage’s blog summary (she was actually there 😉