SIM Social Work Research Lab

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Research on simulation-based teaching and social work practice using simulation as a research methodology

Area(s) of Expertise

SIM Social Work Research Lab aims to Strengthen, Innovate, and Mobilize simulation-based research on social work education and practice. This is the first and only social work-specific, simulation-based research lab in North America.

Simulation refers to a situation where a student or a practitioner engages with a simulated “client” (i.e., actors, artificial intelligence technology) portraying a designed character and scenario similar to those encountered in practice. Simulation-based research can be categorized into: (1) research on simulation as a pedagogical approach in teaching professional practice, and (2) research that uses simulation as a methodology to research practice behaviours among students and professionals.

The lab is designed to reflect a realistic practice environment and includes a waiting and counselling room. The furniture in these rooms is moveable to replicate a broad range of agency and institutional settings, and to accommodate work with individuals, families, and small groups. The rooms are equipped with the latest AV technologies. The counselling room includes a large screen for interacting with AI clients, and shares a one-way mirror to the observation room/office with computer equipment and access to a variety of research software.

Research Services
  • Training on the use of simulation as a research methodology
  • Workshops on the use of simulation in teaching
  • Testing the use of technology-enhanced simulation for teaching and learning
  • Professional training that requires the use of simulated counselling rooms and AV technologies
  • Networking with researchers and educators that use simulation
  • Supporting innovation in the delivery of human services through simulation-based research
Sectors of Application
  • Education
  • Health care and social services
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)

Equipment

Function

SimCapture from B-Line Medical

SimCapture enhances and automates simulation by combining video capture, simulator data integration, debriefing and assessment, and reporting.

Waiting and Counselling Room

The lab is designed to reflect a realistic practice environment and includes a waiting and counselling room. The furniture in these rooms is moveable to replicate a broad range of institutional settings, and to accommodate work with individuals, families and small groups.

  • Ametros Learning Inc.
  • Teaching and Learning Services, Carleton University
  • Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University