News and Updates – April 2, 2020

Transforming the Field Education Landscape:  

News & Updates (Co-Investigators) 

​April 2, 2020 

  1. Virtual Field Summit Update 
  1. Innovation Untold Submission 
  1. Field Image Showcase 
  1. Student Advisory Committee  
  1. Call for Book Proposal Sub-Committee  
  1. Knowledge Mobilization Update 
  1. Next Working Group Meetings 



  1. Virtual Field Summit Update

The COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in a ban on large gatherings in Alberta, and the Government of Canada has announced restrictions on the entry of citizens from other countries. Restrictions on travel and the need for social distancing and isolation are critical at this time.  


We are working to identify a fully virtual platform for the Field Summit during July and will develop a new registration system in the next couple of weeks. We are going to offer free registration for the Virtual Field Summit, and plan to communicate information soon to our partners. 

All paid Field Summit registrants will receive a full refund, and we were told this could take about a month or so. The SWSD conference team will share this update to the registrants. 


If you wish to be involved in this Virtual Field Summit please let Julie know. 


Hope you are well and staying healthy! 



  1. Innovation Untold Submission

Our University of Calgary RA’s, Jayden Wickman and Nozipho Moyo (BSW Students) submitted a video for the UofC Innovation Untold Contest and we’d like to share it with you! Click the link below to view the video (#4: Transforming the Field Education Landscape). 


Contest winners will be announced by April 15, 2020. 





  1. Field Image Showcase

We are launching a Field Image Showcase at the beginning of April which will provide an opportunity for Canadian social work students to capture an image and share a narrative that reflects their unique experiences in practicum, course work or research activities. This activity will qualify towards winter semester practicum hours and will be eligible to be showcased at the TFEL Virtual Field Image Showcase on April 29, 2020. 


Please see attached poster (TFEL Field Image Showcase) for more information! 



  1. Student Advisory Committee

We are happy to announce that we have selected students to be members of the Student Advisory Committee. Majority of students are through the University of Calgary; however, we also have students from Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Montreal, and University of McMaster. We will provide an update and introduction after our first meeting! 


This Committee will provide opportunities for students to have a voice in setting directions and priorities of the project. 



  1. TFEL Book Proposal Sub-Committee

Co-investigators are invited to join a sub-committee to draft a book proposal for submission to a publisher. Contact Julie byApril 15thif you would like to be involved. 



  1. Knowledge Mobilization Update
  • KMb Strategy 
  • The PMO is developing a KMb Strategy that identifies training topics for webinars, workshops, panel discussions, brown bag lunches and other presentations.  We will be asking co-investigators and their research assistants to contribute to these presentations.  A calendar of events will be developed, and a timeline created for these outreach activities.   Stay tuned for more information, and invitations to lead training events and presentations! 
  • Logo/Social Media/Website 
  • The PMO is reviewing potential logos and hoping to finalize a logo as soon as possible. 
  • TFEL has both a Facebook page, and Twitter account; however, we are waiting to finalize the logo before making our first posts. 
  • Our website is currently in construction and will be published in April. 
  • In preparation for the website’s “Resources Library” we would like to request that you send me any articles or other published resources regarding field education that you’ve produced at any time. Please send Vicki either a link to the article, or attach the document to an email directly 



  1. April Working Group Meetings

Stream 1 & 2: Tuesday, April 14 @ 10:00am-11:00am MDT (Stream 2) 

11:00am-11:30am MDT (Stream 1) 


Stream 3:​ Tuesday, April 21 @ 10:00am-11:00am MDT 


This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

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