Instructions for resource persons
The IUC Dubrovnik School of SW Theory and Practice consists of nine courses. Each course offers an annual program in a form of a postgraduate level symposium. Resource Persons (Lecturers) make important contributions to the learning of participants by preparing a formal paper, making a presentation, and being available the entire week to interact formally and informally with other lecturers and participants.
Typically, our courses have from 15-30 participants. Ideally we like to have three groups more or less equally represented: faculty and/or researchers, well established practitioners and students. More and more we are trying to involve service users too.
English is the official language of the School, but this is often a second or third language for many of the participants. Interpreters are not provided by the IUC, but participants may arrange such service locally and/or come to Dubrovnik with them. Thus, it is particularly important that your presentation be at a pace that can be followed by persons for whom English may be a second, and/or third language.
A minimum five resource persons are scheduled for each course/symposia. Thus, an entire day is spent considering the lecture presented by each resource person. Typically, the lectures are presented in the morning with a 2.5 hour scheduled for the lecture including time for questions and answers and dialogue by the entire group of participants. In the afternoon, participants break into small groups to discuss the lecture and to formulate questions they would like to raise with the lecturer. Lecturers are expected to provide four or five key questions, based on their lecture, to be used by a small group to guide their discussion. At the end of the afternoon, the entire group of participants will reassemble to hear reports from the small groups, pose additional questions and expand on the topic by sharing personal ideas and experience.
Smaller contributions are also welcome by the participants (e.g. short presentations, discussion papers on the topic etc.) or experiential workshops with exercises, work groups etc. The use of video conferencing and other e-based teaching and learning is encouraged.
All varieties of contributing to the course are to be agreed with the organising directors in order to fit into the symposium programme for the week.
Before the course starts, and at the latest by the end of March the resource persons inform the organising director of the title of the topic, length and type of presentation and any other requirements for the participants.
In summary, as a resource person you will be expected to:
- Prepare a lecture that is suitable for publication and bring 15 – 25 copies of your paper to Dubrovnik.
- Develop four or five discussion questions based on your lecture and supply the questions to the course directors at least thirty days ahead of the course.
- Present a lecture as part of the annual symposia; we will schedule minimum one hour and at most 2.5 hours for the lecture.
- Be available the entire week of the course/symposia. Interaction between sessions is as important as the lecture itself.
Papers presented at IUC School for Social Work Theory and Practice must be available for publication in the School’s journal Dialogue in Praxis. Only upon not being chosen they can be submitted to other periodicals or volumes. Exceptions can be made on prior arrangement with the course directors.
When submitted elsewhere the papers must contain a note that they were presented at IUC School for Social Work Theory and Practice, including the title and the date of the course.
Unfortunately, the IUC does not have resources to cover travel and other costs for course directors, resource persons, or participants.