Initially this literature review was intended to identify ways in which to implementaspects of educational technology for the purpose of adult education in social work settings. The
literature has led to the question “
Can we identify the benefits and difficulties for botheducators/facilitators and participants in the use of educational technology to then properlyintegrate educational technology in adult social work settings such as homeless shelters,programs for unwed mothers, families at or below the poverty line, and oth
I was surprisedto see so much resistance to educational technology in the social work field. The literaturestrongly suggests that most collegiate social work programs have been very slow to adopttechnology. The research shows very little outside of basic life skills being communicatedthrough various technological means as practice in the field. There is clear room for significantexperimentation in both the classroom and the field for the use of technology in social work withadults.Educational technology is a fairly broad topic that can include a significant variety of means of implementation. Applicable aspects of educational technology are distance education,online learning and computer-mediated instruction. Distance education is any system in whichthe learner and educator are not present simultaneously. Early versions of distance educationinvolved pre-recorded lessons on videotape, tests that required a proctor, and little if anyinteraction amongst students in the same class. Online learning, also referred to as computer-mediated instruction,
is internet based education that allows for greater flexibility in the student’s
schedule, usually involves discussion boards to increase student collaboration and interaction,and allows students almost unlimited and uninterrupted access to course materials and currentgrades.