- Proposals submitted should be related to the conference theme "Global Dimensions in Social Work Distance Education".
- Proposals should relate to social work distance education. This may include schools and programs offering “completely online” distance degree programs, or programs that are “hybrid/blended” that include both online and live interaction.
- No more than two (2) proposals can be submitted from the same primary author.
- Proposal should have a max of four (4) presenters (one primary plus up to three (3) co-presenters).
- Accepted proposals may require additional information and materials prior to presentation.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) presentation proposals accepted.
- All proposals will be blind peer reviewed.
- To foster an interactive and robust conference experience, all proposals accepted will be presented live through a virtual platform. A pre-recorded presentation option will not be offered.
- All sessions providing continuing education credits will be recorded.
- Proposal character limits: Abstract (max. 500), Text (max 3500), References (max 2500)
There are five (5) Track Focus categories available and four (4) Session Format options available.
The Planning Committee will make every effort to honor preferred categories and formats, however, may request adaptions when necessary to ensure the most streamlined conference flow.
Track Focus Categories
Five (5) possible track focus categories are available. Proposals must choose only one track category.
1. FIELD EDUCATION / DISTANCE FIELD PLACEMENT
Topics may include, but are not limited to: Innovative pedagogical approaches to deliver field curriculum, the role of field instructors/faculty liaisons in curriculum development, effective pedagogical use of technology for placement development, assessment, supervision, and orientation. Content regarding use of performance tracking software and online services is also encouraged.
Topics may include, but are not limited to: Innovative curriculum development, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and supportive tools, best pedagogical practices, interdisciplinary and collaborative pedagogical approaches, innovative assignments/exercises, and community building while delivering BSW, MSW, or PhD/DSW curriculum.
3. ADMINISTRATION / LEADERSHIP
Online program administration presents a unique set of challenges. Needs and support systems vary from program to program and we’d like proposals submitted that introduce us to and expand upon these different challenges to include: faculty recruitment and retention, how reliant a program is upon adjuncts, tenure track faculty members, enrollment, accreditation, marketing and promoting, partnering with educational service companies, complications of licensure in different jurisdictions/countries, and long term support for program and university needs.
Topics should include an element that relates to social work distance education or virtual social work service delivery. Submissions should focus on what changes may have resulted due to the research that was conducted. These changes may be due to the research process itself or the dissemination and implementation of the research. Submission should describe how the research has contributed to changes in curriculum or service to individuals, organizations, communities, and policies. The challenge is to describe what current or potential change is impacted by the results of the research.
Topics may include, but are not limited to incorporation of distance education or service delivery in: clinical social work, case management, residential and community-based care, private practice, school social work, medical social work, family systems, diagnosis/assessment, new approaches to treatment, community organizing, assets-based community development and community-oriented interventions, advocacy, international social work, group social work, complications of licensure working in different jurisdictions/countries, etc.
Four (4) possible session formats are available. Proposals must choose only one session format.
1. ORAL PRESENTATION (45 minutes - CEU available - up to 4 presenters) Traditional-style 35-minute virtual presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A period.
2. PANEL PRESENTATION (90 minutes - CEU available - up to 4 presenters) Panel-style virtual presentation on a particular subject. The primary presenter is responsible for organizing and coordinating the panel presenters and presentation, submitting the proposal, introducing the topic and panel members, ensuring that members stick to the topic and timetable, and guiding discussion.
3. INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP (90 minutes - CEU available - up to 4 presenters) Hands-on learning or interactive experience that emphasizes a dynamic virtual instructor-participant dialogue in achieving the session's learning objectives. This may include interactive participant polls, discussion breakout rooms, and other online interactive options.
4. VIRTUAL NETWORKING SESSION (90 minutes - Non-CEU - up to 4 facilitators) Facilitators will identify a topic of interest that will promote connection, interaction, and engagement. The topic chosen should relate to one of the five track categories: Curriculum, Field Education/Distance Field Placement, Administration/Leadership, Research, or Practice.