The Future of Social Work Education

A Guide to Developing, Implementing, and Assessing e-Simulations


  • Samantha N. Wolfe-Taylor Indiana University School of Social Work
  • Khadija Khaja School of Social Work, Indiana University
  • David Wilkerson Indiana University School of Social Work
  • Christian K. Deck School of Social Work, Indiana University



e-simulations, high impact practices, social work education, telebehavioral health training


Advances in technology, an increase in non-traditional students, a new generation of e-learners, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on education and practice, and the emergence of greater practitioner and client adoption of telebehavioral health present opportunities and challenges for curricular innovation in schools of social work. e-Simulations are reliable, valid, authentic high impact practices that address these challenges and prepare students for a future where social workers are called upon to adopt telebehavioral practice. Although there is literature on the development, implementation, and assessment of simulation-based learning in social work education, much of the literature explores the use of simulations in face-to-face social work education. Provided is a guide for educators and administrators on developing, implementing, and assessing online simulations (e-simulations) in social work education.

Author Biographies

Samantha N. Wolfe-Taylor, Indiana University School of Social Work

Associate Director of the Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice and Assistant Clinical Professor 

David Wilkerson, Indiana University School of Social Work

Director of the Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice and Assistant Professor


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