Chair: Paul Freddolino
Cochair: Jo Ann Regan
This Track encourages innovations in the use of a broad range of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education and practice. For educational topics there is special interest in (1) How effective is blended or hybrid learning, using multiple technologies (e.g., interactive video and online media) in delivering courses and programs? (2) What lessons have been learned from the evaluations of multiple courses or programs over time? (3) What empirical findings address questions about what social work content can be delivered most effectively by different media (face-to-face, interactive video, online media, etc.)? (4) How are theory, methods and skills being taught in social work courses (particularly policy and practice) and programs using ICTs? (5) What policies and practices are developing and/or needed to support the use of ICTs in social work education? In terms of practice topics there is special interest in studies of (1) the use and effectiveness of ICTs for social policy in social work practice; (2) the implementation and effectiveness of electronic patient/client records; and (3) policy and practice issues related to online clinical social work applications. Other topics related to ICTs in social work education and practice will also be considered, particularly with a focus on promoting sustainability through the use of technology in social work education and practice.