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Blackboard Orientation: Introduction


The social-work profession aims to strengthen the welfare of individuals, groups, and communities suffering from poverty, social intolerance, and unequal human rights. The core values embodied in Social Work’s Code of Ethics include service, social justice, integrity, and competence (National Association of Social Workers, 1999). 

The deployment of technology in social work is driven by a desire for access and equity, greater flexibility, and is affected by economic or geographic restraints (Jones, 2010). The National Association of Social Workers (hereinafter NASW) and Association of Social Work Boards have developed standards for technology and social-work practice (National Association of Social Workers & Boards, 2005).
These guidelines were established so that the core values of social work would drive the implementation of technology when technology is used to fulfill the needs of individuals, groups, and communities (National Association of Social Workers & Boards, 2005).

As a social worker, you are required to meet the technology standards developed by NASW. By learning how to utilize the Blackboard course management system, you will be adhering to one of the social work and technology standards.

This is a free, non-credit mini course and is a prerequisite for all courses. Everything in this course is completed online. There is nothing that requires you to be in a classroom or in Baltimore. The course takes between 2-4 hours to complete, depending on your skills working online. With the notable exception of Collaborate, you can do the class work on your own schedule.  

**If you have used Blackboard and Collaborate Ultra in the past, feel free to skip to Step 11 to register and navigate to the end of the page to test out of it. You have 3 attempts at getting over 80% on the exam for the Certificate of Completion. The exam does include a couple questions about Collaborate Ultra, which is the new version that began being used in late December, 2016. We recommend you hold on to your certificate of completion, email it to yourself, etc. so that you can produce it any time in the future if requested by an instructor.

Make sure you also sign up for a Live Collaborate Session to familiarize yourself with the new Collaborate Ultra interface in Step 10 and provide feedback in Step 12.

Now take a big breathe and click on STEP 1 to begin, OR, if you are already an experienced Blackboard user, feel free to skip to the sections you want to refresh your knowledge about, or skip to the EXAMS page to test your knowledge. 

Jones, P. (2010). Collaboration at a Distance: Using a Wiki to Create a Collaborative.

National Association of Social Workers. (1999). Code of Ethics. Retrieved July 28, 2013, from