Developing Online Learning in the Helping Professions

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Developing Online Learning in the Helping Professions

SKU# 9780826184450

Online, Blended, and Hybrid Models

Author: Angela Carmella Smith PhD, Jeffrey M. Warren PhD, Jocelyn Taliaferro PhD, MSW, Siu-Man Raymond Ting PhD


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The first “how to” manual for online teaching in the helping professions

This is the first hands-on guide to address the unique challenges of educators in the helping professions who have minimal or no experience with online technologies. Written for online instructors, clinical faculty, program directors, administrators, and other educators, it describes practical and effective ways to teach material that is intrinsically based on face-to-face interaction through mediated means.

Grounded in research and the expertise of authors with years of online teaching experience, the book moves from the basics of online course delivery to more complex arenas such as preparing both instructors and students to effectively transition to online learning. The book examines a variety of online designs uniquely suited to courses in the helping professions, including such platforms as Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Vista, and Moodle. Moving beyond lecture-level education, the text discusses online supervision of students who are beginning field and clinical experiences, as well as ethical considerations when teaching and supervising online. Replete with abundant tips, reflective questions, checklists, timelines, and vignettes, the text also includes an entire chapter devoted to overcoming fears of the online environment for both instructor and student.

    Key Features:

  • Addresses the unique needs and concerns of online teaching and training in the helping professions
  • Provides examples of course content at multiple levels and practice settings
  • Includes practical tips, reflective questions, checklists, course design timelines, and vignettes to support the reader at all stages of teaching online
  • Defines key terms and definitions
  • Considers common pitfalls to avoid

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 28, 2018
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826184450

About The Author(s) 

Angie Smith has been teaching online within the helping professions for seven years. She is a teaching associate professor at North Carolina State University, assisted in the development of the Online Counselor Education Master’s Program at North Carolina State University, and coordinator as well as advisor of the College Counseling online program. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) in North Carolina.

Jeffrey M. Warren, PhD, is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In 2013, Jeff received the Outstanding Scholar Endowed Award for Research from The Professional Counselor, the journal of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The North Carolina Counseling Association recognized him as the 2016 recipient of the Professional Writing and Research Award. Jeff is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), and holds licensure as a professional school counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS).

Siu-Man “Raymond” Ting is a professor of counseling, program coordinator of the counselor education program, and the Director of Graduate Programs of the Department of Education Leadership, Policy and Human Development, North Carolina State University.

Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro is an Associate Professor in the North Carolina State University Department of Social Work. Dr. Taliaferro’s current research interests include nonprofit lobbying and teaching using contemporary television. Her work appears in the Journal of Child and Family Social Work, the Journal of Policy Practice, Administration in Social Work and Education, and Urban Society. She recently completed a book on teaching social policy using the HBO special The Wire. Prior to her life in academia, Jocelyn spent more than 15 years in the field of social work and nonprofit administration, which included Middle and Senior Management positions. Dr. Taliaferro has been an active member on several nonprofit boards of directors in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina as well as Secretary and later Chair of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Mental Health Advisory Committee. She has been teaching online and hybrid courses since 2006.

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1. Introduction to Online Teaching in the Helping Professions: Where do you fit in?

Chapter 2. Learning the Online Teaching Language: Key terms and definitions

Chapter 3. Helping the Helper: Allaying fears of the online environment

Chapter 4. Meeting Students Where They are At: Staying student focused

Chapter 5. Drawing from the Research: a cursory overview

Chapter 6. Roadmap to Online Instruction in the Helping Professions: Practical steps and considerations for success

Chapter 7. Student-focused classroom: Resources for helping your students to be successful online learners

Chapter 8. What We’ve Learned: Tips and Tricks

Chapter 9. Tips and Stories from Instructors in the Helping Professions

Chapter 10. What NOT To Do: Mistakes, Glitches, and Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Chapter 11. Ethical Considerations for Online Instruction in the Helping Professions

Chapter 12. Building Community through Intentional Design: A course model

Chapter 13. Pedagogy and Technology in the Helping Professions: Now and in the future

Chapter 14. You are a helping professional! You can do this: Conclusion and encouraging final thoughts