Shifting the Culture: Integrating Technology in Family Life Education
Twenty-first century families use technology for myriad purposes, including for information gathering, learning, and problem solving.
Yet, when it comes to teaching families, Family Life Education (FLE) professionals often are unprepared to deploy technology in the most constructive, responsive, and useful ways.
This webinar, presented by Susan Walker, Ph.D., will explore recent research on family technology and connect it to the available research on the use of technology in the classroom and in Family Life Education settings. Dr. Walker will discuss results from national data collected on family practitioners — NCFR members and Certified Family Life Educators among them — and will suggest best practices for preparing and supporting professionals to effectively integrate technology in practice.
By attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
- identify key ways in which adults use information and communications technology (ICT) for learning that suggest their expectations for technology use in FLE programs and college classrooms;
- identify current technology use by FLE professionals and professors and the contextual influences on their technology use; and
- propose practices and policies that best support current and future Family Life Education professionals on effective and responsible technology integration.
Ultimately, attendees will gain a deeper understanding from this webinar of the need for technology knowledge and skills, and of the current challenges practitioners and instructors face when it comes to adapting their practice to shifting digital expectations.
Approved for 1 hour of CFLE continuing education credit.
- Family Life Educators and other family services professionals, college and university instructors, extension agents
What Attendees Said About This Webinar:
"Excellent; rich with relevant information."
"A well presented and well thought-through webinar."
About the Presenter
Susan Walker, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the department of Family Social Science and has been working with families, family practitioners, and Family Science students for 30 years. Her current research spans the design and implementation of technology in family education, particularly on promoting learning through social interaction and on the technology preparation needs of family practitioners. She designed and teaches an undergraduate families and technology course that is required of all students in the major at the University of Minnesota.
On-Demand Webinar Recording and Classroom Use
Even if you can't watch this webinar live, your registration will still grant you access to watch the recording at your convenience. The fee for this webinar is $25 for NCFR student members, $45 for NCFR members and Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs), $85 for nonmembers.
License for classroom use by one professor is available for $120 for NCFR members, $185 for nonmembers.
License for departmental use (multiple professors) is available for $170 NCFR member / $305 nonmember.
Departmental license for CFLE-approved programs is $140.