Erica Shifflet-Chila

College of Social Science; Clinical Associate Professor

Preparing Social Work Professionals Using Virtual Reality

This project, in partnership with Michigan Department of Human Services and Michigan Court Improvement Project, will create Virtual Reality training opportunities for current and future Social Work students at MSU, and new social work professionals in the State of Michigan.

Project Solution:

This project will incorporate the use of Accenture’s AveNue’s Virtual Reality (VR) training program for a four-month pilot child welfare training program at the School of Social Work. Michigan Department of Human Services and the Michigan Court Improvement Project are partnering with the school, which will allow the training to be available for not only the 700 School of Social Work students, but also many new professional social workers in the field of child welfare. In addition, this project will introduce the School of Social Work Faculty to Virtual Reality and allow an evaluation of the appropriateness of VR in Social Work Education.

This project will incorporate the use of VR equipment which is fully portable and Accenture’s AveNue’s Virtual Reality (VR) training program, which is a web-based application that can be accessed from any internet connection. This will allow the training to be provided to students on campus, and at our satellite campuses in Clio, Flint and Rochester Hills, and to our students in our Blended and Weekend Programs from all over the state. It will also allow us to provide the training to new child welfare workers across the state. We also hope to be able to record training sessions, from which we can create closed-captioned videos and audio files to be used as fully accessible resources in the future.

Using Accenture’s AveNue’s Virtual Reality (VR) training program will allow individual feedback to training participants as they complete the training,and will allow The School of Social work to demonstrate to faculty the use of VR in Social Work Education and solicit feedback from the participants and faculty. This could inform how VR (and other adaptive technologies) can be incorporated into the curriculum in the future.

Learn more about Erica Shifflet-Chila (https://socialwork.msu.edu/About-Us/Faculty-Staff/Erica-D-Shifflet-Chila)