INTERNET ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
Adele Weiner, Ph.D.
Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University,
Curriculum Development Workshop:
Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting,
San Francisco, California, March 1999.
This presentation can be found as an interactive outline
on the world wide web at:
Basic Internet Resources for Social Work Education
E-Mail and Mailing Lists
Chatrooms or MOOs
An e-mail message goes only to the person(s)
listed in the address box, while a message sent to a mailing list goes
to everyone subscribed to the list.
General Social Work Mailing List - SOCWORK
To subscribe send an e-mail message to
firstname.lastname@example.org without any topic, heading or signature
You will receive a message back indicating you have
been successfully subscribed.
Specialized mailing lists offer the opportunity
for class communications and discussions.
Internet Browsers - Netscape, Explorer, AOL
AOL Chatrooms - Private and Public
Private Chat Rooms on Web Pages - XOOM (http://xoom.com/home/)
MOOs (Multi-User Object Oriented) - Virtual
Office/Meeting Room with Education tools - Diversity University (http://moo.du.org)
Search Engines and Directories
Virtual Libraries - Electric
- May require registration or paid subscription
Database Sets - Fedstats
Social Work Resource Pages
Grant, G.B. and Grobman, L.M. (1998). The
social worker's internet handbook, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: White
Karger, H.J. and Levine, J. (1999). The
internet and technology for the human services, New York: Longman.
Syllabus: New directions in education
technology, San Jose, California: Syllabus Press, http://www.syllabus.com
Vernon, R. and Lynch, D. (2000). Social
work and the web, Belmont, California: Wadsworth.
Weiner, A. (1999). Taking a HIV/AIDS education
course to the 'net. New Technology in Human Services, 12(3/4),
Issues in Using Web Pages
General Browsing by Students vs. Specific Sites Selected
Credibility and Reliability of the Information (Or
Any Idiot can have a Web page)
Citation format (http://www.uvm.edu/~ncrane/estyles/apa.html)
Privacy and Security
Netiquette for students and faculty
Visit Some Social Work Education Sites
An Interactive Course Syllabus - Social Dimensions
of AIDS (http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/7113/)
Cross Curriculum Projects and Readings Lists - An Interdisciplinary
Curriculum Project - Hunger Across the Curriculum (http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Lab/5195/)
This Presentation Internet Web Page- Internet Across the
Ideas for Using the Internet Throughout the Curriculum
Some of these items require directed sites
by faculty and others allow student exploration.
Welfare Organization and Policy Courses
Use of government sites for accurate up-to-date demographic
Search engines to locate materials for papers and projects
Requiring specific web sites as course readings/assignments
Online office hours or guest speakers in chatrooms/MOOs
Resources for lecture notes
Duplication of handouts and slide shows for in-class use
Subscriptions to professional mailing lists, newspapers or
Interactive projects with students from other sections of
course, other schools, other countries, other majors
(e-mail, mailing lists, chatrooms/MOOs)
Online Book Ordering
Online Syllabi and Bookmark files
Have students locate sites of agencies and organizations.
Develop a scavenger hunt that requires students to go to
certain sites and find specific information.
Use government on-line libraries to locate legislation, policy
guidelines, congressional reports/hearings, etc.
Human Behavior in the Social
Read government reports and statistics
Use of statistical software
Data analysis of publically available data sets
Using professional organization sites that deal with issues
covered, such as individual development, lifestyles, diversity, family
issues, death and dying, etc.
Government demographic statistics
Subscription to professional mailing lists
Visit social work organization sites (national and local)
and look for current practice issues
Develop an internet manual of resources for agencies
Visit organizational sites for advocacy or client empowerment
Participate in specialized field of interest mailing lists
Development of agency web page (advanced)