Using a Virtual Agency to Teach Research

Raymond Sanchez Mayers, Rachel Schwartz, Laura Curran, Fontaine H. Fulghum

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Use of instructional technology in social work has grown rapidly in recent years. Despite this increase, there is limited empirical investigation of its impact. In this paper we describe the use of a virtual agency for the teaching of research methods and program evaluation at a school of social work. Evaluation of the virtual agency showed that students in general were satisfied with its use and that higher satisfaction led to higher satisfaction with the overall course. The authors also discuss some of the strengths and weaknesses of using a virtual agency for teaching research and program evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-488
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Oct 20 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Online teaching
  • program evaluation
  • research
  • virtual agency


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