Interactive videodiscs have been used as effective educational tools in business, the military, and by some disciplines and professional programs in higher education. The effectiveness and potential of videodisc application stem from the combination of high quality video and audio with computer text and graphics into integrated learning programs. While the potential for social work education has been recognized, the literature is void of practical information on using this new learning technology in social work courses. The current article describes the development of videodisc applications at the University of Minnesota Deluth over the past five years and explains the current and potential use of these applications in specific social work curriculum areas.
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The development of the final four curriculum applications was funded by a grant from the McKnight Foundation; their initial purposes involve providing inservice education to social workers and other human service professionals on skills essential to their jobs. The fifth application covers seven steps of "Problem Solving in the Human Services" as the learner participates in a child welfare case study involving a pregnant teenager and her family. The fifth and sixth discs are an integrated application on "Communication Skills" which focus on responding to content, responding to feeling, and responding to meaning as key listening skills. These two discs include numerous video examples of people communicating in a variety of education and human service settings. The final application on "Assessment in the Human Services" provides the opportunity for learners to develop the important skill of identifying the human needs and strengths present in real life situations involving individuals and families.
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