Last night saw the last session of the Using Book Groups in Social Work Education Pilot, marking the end of an incredible journey and one that began with a few @students in the library @The final session of @@looked slightly different in that we were joined by four Professors of Social Work, @ @ who lead the session and @, @, some #socialwork2014 academics, around 14 students, a practitioner and 1344 @ followers, a number of whom connected with us on-line.
We read the Olive Stevenson Book ‘’Reflections on a Life in Social Work: A Personal & Professional Memoir’’ providing us with time to look back on and think about Olive’s words and works. http://www.olivestevenson.com/ It was a fabulous learning space as you will see if you follow the Book Group hashtag #swbk. It was nice to hear June talk so fondly about Olive and how she remembered the times when Olive had used literature in her teaching. We also discovered that June tutored our Executive Dean Aidan Worsley and examined the PhD of Nigel Thomas. So not only was it an evening where we shared thoughts and reflections about social work but also one where we thought about our history and learned more about our connections.
The live streamed meant that we were able to connect with @leading a group of students in @; @and @with their students at GCU; @@and their students at @and a new group @. Throughout the course of the pilot @has worked with groups of students at @; @with a group @and @with students @. We have had authors’ @and @come along and share their work and thoughts with students and we have been incredibly well supported by @with @, @, @and @all giving their time and energy to the project travelling to @ to facilitate @ events.
So as you can see @ has gone from strength to strength but why you might ask? I think I will leave the tweet feedback #swbk and video links attached to answer that question:
A Storify capturing the History of Social Work Book Group:
The Use of Book Groups in Social Work Education
So what now? Book group continues to grow and in many forms within the #socialwork14 world. Here @ colleagues have just introduced the model into modules of learning, @through @are taking this initiative forward as a CPD activity for its members and I am working with Principle Social Workers from across the UK to develop a template that they can use within their organisations with practitioners. I am also working on another piece of writing further to my thoughts about Book Groups as a practice approach started in the Social Media in Social Work Education text
http://criticalpublishing.com/index.php/browse-by-subject-1/social-work/social-media-in-social-work-education.html Social Media in Social Work Education
@will continue but this time around each University involved will host an event like we have @. Information about these events will be posted on the Book Group Twitter feed @ and if you want to get involved please get in touch.
Can I just finish by thanking EVERYONE, in whatever capacity, known to me or not, for any contribution you have made to this project; one that aimed to provide a unique way of teaching and learning but more importantly one that has hopefully gone some way to further connecting the #socialwork profession.