DSW Leaders and Students Present at the Social Work Distance Education Conference

April 30, 2015 / By: Carol Kuechler, PhD, DSW program director
DSW students and faculty participate in first social work distance education conference in Indiana
DSW Students and Faculty at Social Work Distance Education Conference

In April, Dean Shank and I traveled to Indianapolis, IN, to participate in the first Social Work Distance Education Conference, hosted by Indiana University. We presented an e-poster and a workshop, sharing pedagogy and “lessons learned” with colleagues from around the world. Even more exciting, however, was the presentation by five of our DSW students from Cohort 1 who presented their experiences of building a supportive online learning community.
DSW student presenters represented Indiana, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Alaska, and Michigan. We applaud their teamwork in developing an engaging, theoretically and experientially based presentation that incorporated team introductions using Adobe Connect, and closed with input from their classmates using Voice Thread. They seamlessly presented a comprehensive picture of their residency experience and their implementation of, and engagement in, a vibrant and supportive learning community. We are so proud!!


Coleman, R., Locklear, C., Migas-Collins, S., George-Bettisworth, R., Vizina-Roubal, J. (2015, April). Voices from an online DSW program: Student perspectives of a supportive learning community. Workshop presented at the Social Work Distance Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN.


Pictured above: DSW students and faculty, Retchenda George-Bettisworth, Barbara Shank, Cindy Locklear, Sarah Migas-Collins, Marshelia Harris, Janet Vizina-Roubal, Rebecca Coleman and Carol Kuechler