Tools For Practice Tuesday: Prof2Prof

Last week I brought to you a review of a social media platform just for social workers founded by a social worker. This week is an other peer to peer solution but created for higher education. An added bonus is that it was also founded by a social worker.  As somebody just cutting my teeth with adjunct teaching, I found Dr. Kristen Slack’s solution Prof2Prof worth sharing. It is a platform where those in academia can share their work and find much needed resources.

Once registered, you can begin to look at the feed and viewing other entries …

The real power of the platform is to be able to also add your own resources. This seems to be at the soul of Dr. Slack’s founding of Prof2Prof. You have created wonderful resources, why not celebrate your accomplishments in one place.  If you there is something you have recently worked on you can add to the variety of resources below…

Despite being fairly new there already are many entries and a friendly search function as seen below. It also provides you with an opportunity to search profiles and find other people in your field…

Prof2Prof has just launched this summer already seems like a great resource. I look forward to seeing it’s growth and look forward to using it more as I venture into adjunct teaching and training opportunities.

If you are in higher education, I encourage you take a look at Prof2Prof. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.



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

Or view the slides..


Also stay tuned to “the experts” in design at Mad*Pow on…