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E3 Using Virtual Reality to Train Practice Skills

Ball State University's Social Science Research Center has created inter-professional simulation activities using virtual reality that train targeted practice skills to social work/human service students.

In this highly interactive workshop we will demonstrate an example of a virtual home visit, discuss its development, and describe how it has been integrated into the curriculum surrounding home-based services. Research has demonstrated VR simulation as an effective, failure-tolerant environment. We will demonstrate how these immersive experiences more thoroughly, safely, and cost-effectively give students the opportunity to “practice-practice” skills in new and engaging ways.

Presenter Bios:

Josh Raines is the Assistant Director of the Social Science Research Center at Ball State University. He has almost 20 years experience in child welfare, social work education, and research, and will be launching these sims nationally in Fall 2019.

Daniel Litt is a computer science major, and Lead Student Programmer at the Social Science Research Center. He has worked on creating VR simulation activities since he started working with the SSRC in August of 2017.



Josh Raines, MA & Daniel Litt