We wanted to make sure students were able to afford it, but we also needed to charge some money in order to self-publish the books. As authors, we do receive royalties for these workbooks.
In the interest of social change, we decided to use these royalties to fund social work student research projects and social work faculty professional travel, as both areas are currently underfunded within our university system. In addition to creating workbook content we also worked with student actors from the theater department and volunteers who were in the specialization year of the MSW program to design role play videos that work in conjunction with several of the workbook activities.
As a part of creating the workbook, we also wanted to ensure that we were putting in place mechanisms to evaluate its effectiveness and impact on students and teaching. We decided to treat the first year Fall implementing the workbook as a pilot test. The idea being that we would take whatever feedback and data from the first year and adapt the workbook for the next year. We designed a simple study focused on evaluating the impact of the workbook and resources on the learning experience of students and instructors in the course.
All students enrolled into the basic interviewing skills course during Fall were asked to participate in this study. In addition, all instructors both faculty and adjuncts of the course were invited to participate. We decided to utilize a mixed methods online survey created with Survey Monkey that involved 11 Likert scaled questions and 3 open-ended questions. Overall the findings and feedback was reassuring from our study.
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More specifically, When students were asked to list one thing that they liked about the workbook, many indicated that they appreciated the supplementary material e. Students indicated that there could be some improvements to the workbook, but most were very minor and constructive For example, they wanted more and better examples for the text, activities, and homework. Several comments indicated a desire for clearer instructions for the homework and activities. Instructor responses were also positive overall. All instructors who took the survey indicated that the workbook activities were beneficial to their instruction of the course and assisted them in teaching the course e.
Importantly, all instructors felt that compared to other courses they have taught which utilize traditional textbooks, students were more likely to read the Basic Interviewing Skills workbook. There some significant lessons that we learned from this experience. First, we realized that we had created a workbook with effective activities and content for this type of course. Students appreciated the focus of the workbook and the balance between content and application. Instructors also saw the utility of this type of workbook.
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We also recognized that the workbook must work in conjunction with the learning management system and in-class lecture content in order to provide the strongest learning experience for students. It is clear that our workbook functions best not as a stand-alone resource, but in connection with the supplemental materials housed within the learning management system. Even though we were able to collaborate with both MSW and theater students, the quality of our videos needed to be enhanced. In the future, we hope to secure a grant that will allow us to create higher quality videos for the workbook.
The biggest lesson learned was to resist the urge to move beyond basics and inundating the workbook with too many skills. This could have easily lead to an unwieldy and unorganized resource for students. One way we managed this was to consider that the workbook was designed specifically for this course, and that there are other books students purchase for future practice courses that provide more in-depth exploration of practice skills.
Overall, we recommend taking the time to customize course resources and materials to help decrease costs for students and increase the focus of content. One ideal vehicle is Createspace. It is user-friendly and allows for you to update the design and content, based on feedback from students and professors.
Should you have additional questions about the workbook or about utilizing Createspace , please contact the authors. Or share your own experiences with self-published textbooks by adding a comment to this post. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index Databases. The price was not so bad I guess Only 5 left in stock. I like the set up with group exercises which would work well to personalize the learning. I felt this is a good overall book for the subject.
Only 1 left in stock. Using this for a course toward my BSW right now. Great book! Excellent and detailed material and written in a way that keeps the student interested. Thank you. Managing Social Anxiety Workbook. This workbook was recommended by the counselor my son sees for his extreme social anxiety. It is a well-organized book that complements the work being carried out in sessions. My son works through the book in between his sessions and finds it helpful.
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Fast delivery. The textbook book was in great quality. This text is easy to read and is in pretty good condition. I was not surprised to see highlighting in the text as I bought it used and it is not overly highlighted or anything.
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