Accessing Your Course
This course will use a website developed by a textbook publisher.
Specific details for accessing this website
will be provided by your instructor.
Canvas (by Instructure)
Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the
Canvas Basics course space
to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to
access this space.
You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class.
However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course
Log in to your Canvas course space at
- Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
- Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)
If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.
Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be
able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.
Other Information about the Course
Check Canvas for viewing access only, as early as 8/20/14.
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SERVICES 220
Please let me take this opportunity to welcome you to SSWK220- "Social Services - Interviewing, Assessment and Referral Skills" as well as to the Online Learning Program of Bucks County Community College.
As you may already be aware, the Online Learning Program is significantly different from traditional college courses. Perhaps the most striking difference is that the course will lack traditional classroom instruction and regular face-to-face interaction with the professor. It will largely be up to you, the student, to set your own pace as you review and study the materials that will be assigned. The eLearning student, therefore, needs more self-discipline, more self-motivation and must focus more significantly on writing skills. The greatest benefit to the student is the flexibility of your time in meeting the requirements of the course, and fewer, if any, trips to campus!
Your grade in the course will be primarily determined by your submission of written exercises, chapter quizzes, Volunteer Work and Journal, and your timely and thoughtful contributions to the on-line discussions.
I want to welcome everyone to your second college course in Social Services!!
There will be orientation information posted on our Canvas site to familiarize you with the objectives and requirements of the course
Textbook/EBook and Other Requirements:
The textbook we will be using this semester is "Social Work Skills for Beginning Direct Practice," 3rd Edition, by Linda Cummins, Judith Sevel & Laura Pedrick. It can be bundled with the MySocialWorkLab website access code at the BCCC bookstore. You may also purchase access to MySocialWorkLab alone - which has an E-version of the text. You can purchase the access code at the bookstore or online, directly from the publisher website. If you are comfortable reading your text online, you can purchase the access code without purchasing a hard copy of the text. This access code is usually less costly than the hard copy text bundled with the code. And lastly, you will need to have access to a personal computer and have reliable internet access to participate in the on-line discussion questions, take exams and to submit assignments.
- Read all assigned chapters in the textbook and assigned articles/videos in MySocialWorkLab.
- Prepare and submit one (1) 3-4 page paper on a theory of counseling. Instructions for this paper will be posted on our site.
- There will be two Chapter quizzes during the semester. These are primarily, twenty question, multiple choice quizzes. These quizzes can be taken at your convenience from your home computer. Or, if you prefer, they can be taken at any of the Bucks County Community College Testing Centers.
- There will be five, brief, written assignments that are taken from exercises in the textbook. These exercises will focus on building interviewing and assessment skills.
- There will be a written "Role Play" assignment that will be due at the end of the semester.
- As in SSWK110 - you will be required to do 15 hours of Volunteer Work with a social service agency and submit a journal of your experiences there. Journal instructions will be posted on the Canvas site.
- Discussion Questions will be posted throughout the semester. You will have approximately one week to respond, as well as read your classmates' responses. The second week of each question is reserved for your reply/reaction/analysis of the 1st week of the discussion.
Additional Websites, articles and exercises will be posted on our website.
Contact With the Professor:
Although the bulk of the course work is completed individually, regular and frequent contact with the
Professor is encouraged and expected. You should feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have on any aspect of the course. My office is in Penn Hall 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA. 18940. My office phone number is 215-504-8500, ext. 6327. If you leave me a voicemail, speak slowly and be sure to include your full name, course, telephone number and when I can reach you. The quickest and best way to reach me is to e-mail me on our Canvas site - simply go to the "Inbox" function and click on 'Compose.' A second, less preferred choice would be my college address: Linda.Kanner@bucks.edu.
We will be utilizing several features of CANVAS, but most frequently the "Discussion" tool, "Modules," and "Quizzes" link and the many 'content' or 'resources' pages. Please log into Canvas and review the Orientation and Materials which are available to you at the start of the semester. We will also be utilizing many of the features contained in Pearson's www.MySocialWorkLab.com. You must have access to this site in order to complete the requirements of this class.
In conclusion, I want to extend to each of you my best wishes for an interesting and productive semester. I look forward to 'meeting' you and introducing you to a fascinating subject and career!
Linda Kanner, MSW, LCSW, Adjunct Professor