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The popularity and use of online education has grown in recent years for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are convenience, flexibility, and affordability. There are skeptics of this trend whose arguments are justifiable, but there are also advocates who present valid reasons that support distance education.

This month’s E-News Exclusive describes several professional benefits of taking online courses emphasizing the technical and communications skills students can sharpen through distance education.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
e-News Exclusive
Taking Online Social Work Courses — 7 Professional Benefits
By Matthea Marquart, MSSW, and Delia Ryan, LMSW

As social workers who work in online education, we have witnessed distinct professional benefits for social work students who take online courses.

Beyond learning the course content, taking courses online helps students develop virtual communication and collaboration skills, self-discipline, and confidence with technology—all of which are associated with expanded career opportunities and professional success.

From cutting-edge technological proficiencies to career networking expertise, the possibilities associated with distance learning are considerable. This article identifies seven professional benefits associated with online study and describes how they can help you succeed in the social work profession.

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Tech & Tools
Studies Show Potential of Virtual Reality to Reduce Children’s Anxiety, Pain

Innovative virtual reality (VR) technologies hold promise in reducing children’s anxiety and pain before and after medical procedures and surgery, according to two studies presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2018 annual meeting.

One study found VR that induces a hypnotic state helped manage postoperative anxiety and pain in children. A second study suggests that a novel VR program that has the ability to adjust cognitive load (the amount of information that is being processed) and reorient the program’s display when a child changes position during medical procedures may reduce the child’s anxiety and perception of pain.

Postoperative VR Hypnosis Reduces Need for Anxiety, Pain Medications
The first study found VR hypnosis (VRH) reduced anxiety, total postoperative opioid consumption, and vomiting in children after scoliosis surgery.

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