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What is Simulation-Based Teaching & Learning?

Definition of Simulation

Human simulation at FIFSW is an experiential teaching and learning method where students are in the role of a social worker and practice interviewing a simulated client.

Key features of simulation-based learning:

  • opportunity to practice with no risk to real clients
  • feedback on practice by an instructor
  • guided written and oral reflections

(Bogo, Rawlings, Katz & Logie, 2014; Kourgiantakis, Bogo & Sewell, 2019)


Simulation-based learning is an exemplar method that prepares students for social work practice.


A leading medical educator defines simulation as a method “to replace or amplify real experiences with guided experiences, often immersive in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully safe, instructive and interactive fashion” (Gaba 2007, p. 136).

Description of Using Simulation to Assess Learning: The Objective Structured Clinical Examination