Husita7-- the 7th International Conference of Human Services Information Technology Applications: Digital Inclusion--Building a Digital Inclusive Society / Edition 1

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In today’s information society, to make a real and lasting impact on human welfare takes applications of information technology aimed at enhancing access to all. HUSITA7-The 7th International Conference of Human Services Information Technology Applications: Digital Inclusion-Building a Digital Inclusive Society presents diverse viewpoints from around the globe, examining the latest applications of digital technology for social work education and practice. These conference presentations from respected international authorities discuss the application of ICT (information and communication technology) in various facets of human service to achieve the goal of a digital inclusive society where all have access to education and informational resources.

HUSITA7-The 7th International Conference of Human Services Information Technology Applications examines the development and use of information technology in professional training, including the strengths and limitations of e-learning in social work curriculums along with the rationale behind a learning object approach. Research includes findings from educators in Canada describing the development and implementation of e-learning in social work programs and the qualitative study of technological content in an MSW curriculum. Various types of Web-based learning approaches are explored with an eye toward providing more effective teaching strategies. Various technological advances and approaches toward individual empowerment are described to facilitate greater societal inclusiveness. The book is well referenced and includes several helpful tables and figures.

Topics in HUSITA7-The 7th International Conference of Human Services Information Technology Applications include:

  • the learning object approach of e-learning for social work education
  • challenges implementing e-learning in social work education
  • a research study of the relationship between technology content in social work education and technology use in social work practice
  • international partnerships in Web-based teaching
  • effective integration of emotion into the content of Web-based learning
  • the use of indigenous knowledge in content
  • the use of Web CT for effective address of issues such as quality of teaching and communication
  • bringing about social inclusion through effective digital government
  • how technological advances impact assistive technology
  • research on the Internet self-efficacy in older person’s learning of ICT
  • a communication tool for the speech impaired
  • improving social work service effectiveness through knowledge management (KM)
  • the “SenSui” disability information resource in Japan

HUSITA7-The 7th International Conference of Human Services Information Technology Applications is enlightening reading for librarians, social educators, social work students, researchers interested in ICT, and human service professionals.

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What People Are Saying

Bill Martin
As someone who has been interested in and researching both the Information Society and the Digital Divide for over 20 years this was always going to be a title that WAS HARD TO RESIST. Having worked at the general level of the application of Information Society and digital exclusion theories and in the domain of organisational knowledge management, this volume offered a number of specific attractions. In the first place, it is located in the domain of social work/social welfare, with contributions from a mix of educators and practitioners in the field. It was STIMULATING to read accounts of research and practice that addressed the relationship between society, technology and the digital divide that were at once familiar, and unfamiliar, the latter owing to domain-specific perceptions. . . . STRONG MEDICINE, but it is relevant to other countries with indigenous populations and to anyone interested in any form of social inclusion. I look forward to seeing this volume in our own university library and would certainly recommend it to others. (Bill Martin, PhD, Research Director, School of Business Information Technology, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
David A. Patterson
For those interested in being proactive participants in this transformation, this text is AN ESSENTIAL ADDITION TO ONE'S READING LIST AND PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY. This fine compilation of articles includes sections on information and communications technology (ICT) in social work education, social inclusion in the digital age, and knowledge management in human services. In each of these three sections the editors have carefully selected articles from a diverse group of international authors whose research and analysis constitute a significant contribution to the field. . . . OFFERS FRESH INSIGHTS to the nontrivial challenges of conveying social work education and training through information technology. . . . The section on knowledge management in human services presents both a FASCINATING reconceptualization of knowledge management in social work and a unique bilingual application of disability information dissemination. . . . ADVANCES OUR UNDERSTANDING of how we can move toward the creation of a truly digitally inclusive society. (Dr. David A. Patterson, PhD, MSW, College of Social Work, The University of Tennessee)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789033727
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

C. K. Law, B.Soc.Sc, MSW HK, MBA CUHK, DSW Calif., RSW, JP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. He is a member in the Management Committee of the Hong Kong Cybersenior Network Development Association Ltd, a member of the Standing Committee on Policy Research & Advocacy, and a member of the Specialized Committee on Social Development.

Yu Cheung Wong, B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc., PhD HK, RSW, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. He serves as a consultant for Fu Hong Society to develop and evaluate e-training modules for persons with mental disabilities. He is also a committee member in the Central & Western District Young Service District Committee, and a member of the Caritas Community Centre Advisory Committee-Mok Cheung Sui Kun. Dr. Wong’s numerous research papers have appeared in various international publications.

John Yat Chu Fung is the Director in the Information Technology Resource Centre at the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. He serves as a member of the Community Research Sub-Committee in ICAC and a member in the Management Committee of the Hong Kong Cybersenior Network Development Association Ltd. He is also a co-opt member in the Community Service Committee of the Hong Kong Computer Society as well as a member in the IT Easy Link Project Steering Committee of the Office of Government Chief Information Officer, SAR Government. Dr. Fung has been involved in numerous ICT in Human Services research and IT projects.

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Table of Contents

Preface. ICT IN SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION. Object Lessons: A “Learning Object” Approach to E-Learning for Social Work Education. Pedagogical and Policy Challenges in Implementing E-Learning in Social Work Education.The Relationship Between Technology Content in a Masters of Social Work Curriculum and Technology Use in Social Work Practice: A Qualitative Research Study. Lessons Learned in Chat Room Teaching Internationally. The Forgotten Dimension in Learning: Incorporating Emotion into Web-Based Education. Including Indigenous Knowledge in Web-Based Learning. ICT IN SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION APPLICATIONS. Web CT—An Administrative Tool. The Use of Information Technology to Enhance the Quality of Teaching and Learning in Social Work Practicum: An Example from the City University of Hong Kong. SOCIAL INCLUSION. The Reality of Social Inclusion Through Digital Government.Redefining Assistive Technology, Accessibility and Disability Based on Recent Technical Advances. Investigating the Role of Internet Self-Efficacy in the Elderly’s Learning of ICT in Hong Kong, China: A Two-Part Study. SOCIAL INCLUSION APPLICATIONS. Sanyog: A Speech Enabled Communication System for the Speech Impaired and People with Multiple Disorders. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN HUMAN SERVICES. Knowledge Management in Social Work—Towards a Conceptual Framework. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN HUMAN SERVICES APPLICATIONS. Web-Based Disability Information Resource in Japan. Index. References.

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