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Use of these Materials

The two major goals of NIAAA in developing and disseminating these curricular materials were: (1) to provide social work educators with up-to-date, high quality, empirically based information concerning issues related to alcohol use disorders and (2) to ensure that social work educators utilize the materials in preparing social work graduate students for practice. As a result, each module has both a text in ready-to-use handout form and an accompanying Powerpoint® presentation. These handouts and presentations are "ready to use" as is, or can be modified for different classroom applications. Each slide in the Powerpoint® presentations has the corresponding handout text notes inserted as "lecture notes." This provides the social work educator with both the full text (Word documents) and the presentation materials in a single vessel. (Note: The text for some slides runs beyond the page limit, so printing lecture notes may require some editing!!!!)

Social work educators can use these materials to develop their own knowledge base. Each module has an extensive reference list of materials that an educator might want to review for a more in-depth familiarity. Furthermore, each module has accompanying classroom activities that can extend student interaction with the materials. A set of teaching cases is provided at the end of the materials, to encourage and provide opportunities for integrating across the curriculum.

Social work educators can use these materials in a variety of classroom settings. Powerpoint® lecture materials may be used as presentations in technology-equipped facilities; as lecture notes handouts; and/or printed as (color or pure black and white) overhead projector transparencies.

The Powerpoint® materials can be:

  • Modified by an instructor with additions, deletions, clarifications, and updates. Open the desired file in Powerpoint®. To do this, first save it as a new file, with a different name. Edit the new file (e.g., delete slides, add new slides, rearrange slides, insert video/audio clips, add slide transition effects, etc.) and save it all in Powerpoint®. Information can be inserted (or deleted) on a particular slide, as well as editing in or out entire slides, but be aware that slide formatting could be disrupted, particularly if the slide includes graphs, charts, diagrams, etc.
  • Used to make Powerpoint® slide handouts. Open the desired file in Powerpoint®, select "file, print" options. In the print menus, in the "print what" box, select handouts (using the down arrow in menu box). At this point, also on the print menu, appears a set of options concerning how many slides to a page in the handout-many students prefer the 3 slides to a page because it also provides them with lines and space to take notes. A paper saving option is 6 slides to a page, but this does not provide note space. Two slides to a page is more legible than 3 or 6, but less easily read than one slide per page. Finally, on the print menu, select the "colors" that you want to print-checking "grayscale" preserves the contrasts and images on a black & white printer, but can be very difficult to read. (If neither grayscale nor black and white is selected, you will get color on a black and white printer, but this can eat up a lot of ink and is VERY hard to read! Your best choice is to print in "pure black and white," which will be easiest to read.
  • Used to print out lecture notes. Follow the directions to step 2 above, but select "notes pages" instead of handouts. You can edit your lecture notes prior to printing by opening the file, clicking on a particular slide, and "grabbing" the notes box at the bottom of the screen (you may have to drag up the bottom bar to get the notes area visible). If the notes are not immediately evident, follow the instructions on how to change the "view" so they are apparent. Then edit as you please. Remember to check that the entire set of notes is printable, since some of these sets of notes are longer than the viewable slide page allows-you may need to cut and paste the notes into some "blank" slides.
  • Used to print overheads. If you will not be showing the lecture as a Powerpoint® presentation but want overheads instead, you can open the desired file in Powerpoint®, select the specific slide that you want to make as an overhead, select "file, print" and in the print menu's "print what" box select slides. Instead of selecting the "all" option above that area, tell it the slide number that you want to print (you can read this on the bottom of the screen or in the slide sorter mode or in the outline mode). If you want the overhead printed in color, make sure that grayscale and black and white are NOT checked. If you have only a black and white printer, consider using grayscale. Be sure that you are using the correct type of overhead film for your printer-laser and laserjet printers use different kinds, and not the kind that you write on/wipe off with markers!
  • Used to print out handouts of the text files. You can print them out from Word® with their graphics included.

These materials are made available, free of charge, to social work educators. It is expected that you will make use of them in your endeavor to bring empirically based training about alcohol use disorders to professional development-for yourself and your students. It is expected that social work training programs will make these materials freely available to educators and students, so as to maximize their dissemination and utilization.

Updated: March 2005