What to Flip and Where to Blend: a Look at PCWTA's Model of Combining Online and Face-to-Face Training
Date & Time: June 24, 2014 | 10:00–11:30 am
Presenters: Tim Wohltmann, Distance Education Specialist, CalSWEC; Jennifer Tucker-Tatlow, Director, Academy for Professional Excellence; and Valerie Ryan, Instructional Designer, Academy for Professional Excellence
Description: This webinar explores blended learning and the benefits of a spaced learning approach to training to enhance transfer of learning (TOL). Concepts related to Blended Learning modalities will be defined. This introductory information serves as a primer to the focus of the webinar: An Exploration of the Public Child Welfare Training Academy’s (PCWTA) blended learning model—called “Spectrum of Learning.” PCWTA will discuss its county pilot of a line worker Common Core course on Basic Interviewing, emphasizing:

  1. PCWTA’s definition of Spectrum of Learning;
  2. The Spectrum of Learning Development Process;
  3. Use of a Learning Management System to facilitate spaced learning; and
  4. Lessons Learned from the Pilot and next steps. 

Bringing Skill-building into the Classroom: A Closer Look at Hybrid Learning and Flipped Classroom Approaches 
Date & Time: February 18, 2014 | 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Presenter: Colby Smart, ELearning Specialist, Humboldt State University Educational Leadership Progam; former Distributed Learning Director, HSU; and member, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future
Description: This webinar is designed for anyone interested in exploring the impact of moving portions of in-person course content online. The discussion will review strategies for leveraging online materials to increase skill-building and deeper learning activities inside the classroom. More specifically, attendees will learn:

  1. Difference between Hybrid Learning and “Flipping the Classroom”
  2. Definitons of Terms Common to both Approaches; 
  3. What occurs inside the classroom vs What occurs outside the classroom;
  4. Common delivery methods;
  5. Strategies for Increasing Deep Learning; and   
  6. Frequently asked questions

PowerPoint presentation, Archived Recording

Recording of Distance Education in Theory and Approach webinar!

Distance Education in Theory and Approach
Date & Time: December 3, 2013 | 10:00–11:30 am
Presenters: Tim Wohltmann and Sevaughn Banks, California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Description: Learning is increasingly facilitated by technology and it occurs at a distance from the source of instruction (i.e., classroom). Yet this trend is not new and has a broad, rich, inter-disciplinary knowledge base. This webinar is designed for people who are new to the field of distance education and who may be considering the use of web-based modes of training and education delivery. A review of fundamental concepts associated with teaching and learning in a distance education paradigm are presented in this webinar. In addition, an exploration of delivery methods are included.  Generally speaking, this webinar aims to provide a generalist orientation to the field.

PowerPoint presentation

The webinar recording has been separated into 12 component videos. Each segment is between 3–9 minutes in length.

  1. Webinar Introduction;             
  2. Key Terminology;             
  3. Key Concepts;             
  4. History of Distance Education;             
  5. Pedagogic Evolution in Distance Education;             
  6. Defining "Modality";             
  7. Defining Modality at the Macro Level;             
  8. Instructor-Led, Self-guided, Snychronous and Asynchronous Courses;             
  9. Hybrid / Blended Modalities;             
  10. Flipped or "Inverted" Classrooms;             
  11. Web-enhanced Modalities;             
  12. Defining "Modality" at the Meso and Micro Level and Beyond.    

Recording of From the Classroom to the Cloud webinar!

From the Classroom to the Cloud
Date & Time: May 15, 2013 l  10:00–11:30 am
Presenters: Krista Brown and Lori Delagrammatikas, Public Child Welfare Training Academy
Description: As the training environment changes, we are faced with the challenge of converting curriculum developed for in-person delivery into computer-based modalities. This webinar will address the following questions and concerns:

  1. Which topics can/should be taught via eLearning? 
  2. What skills can be taught via computer and what are the limitations?  
  3. How do we keep people engaged?
  4. How do we avoid confusion without an instructor to provide feedback?
  5. Where do we start when attempting to make the conversion? 
  6. What are the lessons learned?

Recording of Business Objects webinar!

Making the Most of Business Objects
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 10:00–11:30 am
Presenter:  Chris Lovejoy, IT Specialist, Business Intelligence, IBM, CWS/CMS
Description:  Business Objects is a business intelligence suite of software that is used in the child welfare system to run unique county reports, capturing specific data that can be used for collecting & analyzing information, trend analysis, and current and future organizational planning. Attendees will learn:
  1. The benefits of using Business Objects in child welfare;
  2. How Business Objects has been used and potential for use;
  3. Instructions about how to write questions for a Business Objects query;
  4. Data output—reading reports successfully;
  5. Lessons learned from the field; and
  6. Suggestions for future success in collecting and analyzing data.

Mobile Learning for Child Welfare
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 10:00–11:30 am
Presenter: Valerie Ryan, Instructional Developer, Academy for Professional Excellence
Description: The use of cell phones, tablets, and computers are complementing classroom training. Mobile learning is a way for professionals to access training content anywhere they are and at any time.

Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare
This informative webinar, produced by the Public Child Welfare Training Academy (PCWTA), features national expert Randy Jenkins, MSW. Mr. Jenkins discusses the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) values and goals of father engagement and includes commentary with two fatherhood panelists. Also, see handouts: