Perpetual Learner, Wisconsin Department
of Welfare, USA
Michelle Bodine is undertaking a graduate program
in psychiatric social work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
She recently entered her program after completing her baccalaureate
degree in social work at Ohio State University (OSU).
Exemplary Transformed Elements
- Reinvented undergraduate learning new forms of learning
and assessment, choice, personalization
- Portal-centric graduate learning
- Lifelong access to a body of knowledge
- Greater involvement of professional societies in continuing
graduate professional education
- Fusion of internship experiences with formal learning
Reinvented Undergraduate Learning at OSU. While
at OSU, Bodine sampled a wide range of learning experiences, from
the traditional to the transformed. She especially liked OSUs
buffet approach to many of its undergraduate courses,
which had previously been handled in large lecture sections. This
approach enabled her to select from a buffet of lectures, individual
discovery laboratories (in-class and Web-based), team/group discovery
laboratories, individual and group review (live and remote), small-group
study sessions, videos, remedial/ prerequisite/ procedure training
modules, contacts for study groups, oral and written presentations,
active-large group problem solving, and individual and group projects.
While at OSU, she never purchased a traditional textbook. Instead,
she acquired a variety of article-rich course packs, online text
and video materials and anthologies/ syntheses of insights and new
developments. Some of these materials were available as freeware,
including some of the best materials.
Many faculty have redirected student resources under
their influence from traditional texts into this variety of virtual
contentware. As Bodine got into coursework associated with her major,
she had the option of purchasing one-time versions of textual materials
or subscribing to a perpetual subscription of materials that would
be continually updated.
Portal-Centric Resources & Interactivity.
At the University of Wisconsin, Bodine uses the UW enterprise portal
to completely organize her daily lifeacademic events, her
work activities, schedules, finances, cultural eventseverything.
She has personalized her portal to provide gateways to the full
body of knowledge for psychiatric social work available through
several sources. She personally prefers the portal services offered
by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which includes access
to communities of practice for a variety of specialists, including
psychiatric social workers. This portal provides either subscription
or pay-for-use access to searchable repositories of all the latest
theories and practice methods. It also accesses ongoing communities
of practice where she can either seek guidance on particular issues
or obtain syntheses of insight on new developments in the field.
Bodine uses a number of other marketplaces that specialize in body-of-knowledge
resources for medicine. She prefers those that offer three features:
1) expert reviews of content and its applicability in different
settings; 2) syntheses of new developments by leading experts; and
3) databases of case histories, searchable by medical topic/issue,
patient characteristics, and other variables.
Portal-based resources and interactivity
are key to every aspect of Bodines graduate educationaccess
to a body of explicit and tacit knowledge, socialization into the
profession and interaction with other learners, her advisor, other
faculty, and experienced practitioners. To a greater extent than
has ever been possible, the portal is Bodines gateway through
which she experiences her profession.