The Potential of Online Learning in Addressing Challenges in Field Instructor Training

  • Jessica Ayala
  • Jasmine Ing
  • Ellen Perrault
  • Grace Elliott
  • Lorriane Letkemann
  • Myra Bainton


Given the responsibility of faculties of social work to provide accessible education and training opportunities for field instructors, this paper presents the results of a study exploring the potential role of online learning in supporting and training both urban and rural field instructors. While participants preferred face-to-face learning, the reality of time constraints and distance from major centres, as well as increased usage of modern technology, suggest a need for online field instructor training options. Respondents emphasized the importance of face-to-face opportunities for interaction and relationship-building, but expressed a willingness to participate in online field instructor development. The expressed benefits relate to time-saving and financial advantages associated with online education as well as the enhanced accessibility for field instructors living in rural and remote communities.