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Embracing Technology to Teach Counseling Skills Within the Helping Profession

Angie Smith (North Carolina State University - NCSU, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 10:45am
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Session Type: 
Information Session
Oceanic 2
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 10

The session offers a demonstration of how faculty utilize synchronous technology (i.e. Blackboard Collaborate) to engage students in the learning process by incorporating interactive activities.

Extended Abstract

Within the helping professions, utilizing technology to deliver content and teach students can often be seen as a challenge. For instructors, one fear or potential limitation may be the lack of face-to-face contact and/or connection between the faculty and students. However, faculty and instructors can creatively develop lesson plans with the appropriate technology in mind to create an engaging, interactive, and tactile environment for all students to practice the concepts, techniques, and material of the course.

The presentation will offer tips for delivering distance education courses through Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate platforms geared toward the college setting and helping professions. An example of a signature online certificate program offered in Counselor Education will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect and participate in small groups to brainstorm activities to enhance student engagement in their own courses and programs.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Angie Smith is a Teaching Assistant Professor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Supervisor (LPC-S) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Angie has spent the past 6 years as a Teaching Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. Her experience as well as research and teaching interests include career counseling and development, online teaching and learning modalities, supervision in counseling, and college counseling. Currently, she teaches courses for the Graduate Certificate in Counselor Education (GCCE) online program and master and doctoral level courses on-campus within the Counselor Education program at NCSU.