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BPD Update Online, Fall 2001
BPD...FYI...BPD...FYI... (Technology)

Committee on Technology and Distance Education Report

Lynn Frantz Adkins, Chair

In wake of the recent events that have shocked our country it should be noted that the use of information technology will play an even larger role in the practice of social work.

In the very moments of the alarming events E-mails were flying via the Internet. Thus, we now know that the use of technology by social service personnel could become lifesaving as we face a complex and changing work environment.

In the past year and now with added emphasis the Committee on Technology and Distance education has met several objectives as it moves to accomplish two major themes:

To reduce "technology anxiety" among BPD's membership

To remain on the cutting edge of technology to demonstrate how technology can be utilized for effective teaching and generalist practice.

To accomplish the goals created by these themes the committee has undertaken a major commitment to offer a series of workshops at the annual BPD program meeting that will:

Demonstrate the integration of technology with each (CSWE) curriculum area.

Explore a framework for evaluating social work related educational and practice web-based activities

Provide individual consultation for BPD members as a follow-up to conference workshops

Provide instruction on development and management of listservs, web sits, NewsGroups, and chat rooms

Given the changing trends in the use of technology the committee has developed expanded objectives to include:

1. testing techniques related to submission of CSWE Self-Studies via the Internet.

2. coordinating efforts to secure social work discussion groups in each state

3. continuing to publish and disseminate information about electronic networking for social workers by submitting manuscripts to:

The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work
BPD Update
BPD Forum
The Journal of Teaching Social Work

4. developing ethical standards for use of electronic data transfer for undergraduate social work education and research

5. developing a system for voting for BPD membership

6. maintaining the committee web page

7. encouraging the BPD membership to establish and train social welfare agency staff.

BPD members are encouraged to review the committee's web page links found on the BPD web site. New information has been added that provides a list of resources that can facilitate faculty research and classroom instruction in each of the (CSWE) curriculum areas.

Future developments by the committee will address the issues of distance learning, especially as application applies to evaluating social work related educational and practice web-based activities.

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