Technology and Learning Committee
The Technology and Learning Committee (TLC) convenes CalSWEC's education and training partners to share resources aimed at providing flexible learning opportunities for practitioners to augment their knowledge and skills in the pursuit of improved outcomes for children and families.
The committee was created to promote alternative, technologically based delivery within California's child welfare training and education system.
In 2013, the TLC initiated the ongoing Technology Webinar Series.
It is the mission of the Technology and Learning Committee to support the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), CalSWEC, the schools of social work, the Regional Training Academies, and counties to develop and deliver education materials and training that are responsive to its partners and that use various modalities of technology to deliver high quality education statewide.
The principles, borrowed from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Code of Ethics for Social Work Professionals, are relevant to learning that occurs via various technology methodologies.
- Social workers should strive to become and remain proficient in professional practice and the performance of professional functions.
- Social workers should critically examine and keep current with emerging knowledge relevant to social work.
- Social workers should participate in continuing education relevant to social work practice and social work ethics.
- Social work administrators and supervisors should take reasonable steps to provide or arrange for continuing education and staff development for all staff for whom they are responsible. Continuing education and staff development should address current knowledge and emerging developments related to social work practice and ethics.
Goals of the Committee
- To share knowledge about technical pedagogy and theory;
- To explore and expand technology options for teaching and learning and make information available to statewide partners;
- To build capacity among RTAs and universities to develop and deliver distributed learning;
- To identify policy and technical barriers to successful implementation;
- To identify and cultivate content expert, course development, and teaching leaders;
- To build capacity for evaluation.
Background and History
Under the auspices of the Statewide Training and Education Committee (STEC), CalSWEC initially convened an E-Learning Committee to advance alternatives and enhancements to classroom training. The E-Learning Committee began work in 2008 with representatives from the Regional Training Academies, the University Consortium for Children and Families, county child welfare departments, and other educational partners.
In 2011, the E-Learning Committee was revamped and expanded to include alternative technologies for knowledge and skill delivery. It was renamed the Technology and Learning Committee.
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