Educating speech-language pathologists for the 21st century: Course design considerations for a distance education Master of Speech Pathology program

Jane McCormack, Catherine Easton

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Abstract

The landscape of tertiary education is changing. Developments in information and communications technology have created new ways of engaging with subject material and supporting students on their learning journeys. Therefore, it is timely to reconsider and re-imagine the education of speech-language pathology (SLP) students within this new learning space. In this paper, we outline the design of a new Master of Speech Pathology course being offered by distance education at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Australia. We discuss the catalyst for the course and the commitments of the SLP team at CSU, then describe the curriculum design process, focusing on the pedagogical approach and the learning and teaching strategies utilised in the course delivery. We explain how the learning and teaching strategies have been selected to support students' online learning experience and enable greater interaction between students and the subject material, with students and subject experts, and among student groups. Finally, we highlight some of the challenges in designing and delivering a distance education SLP program and identify future directions for educating students in an online world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-157
Number of pages11
JournalFolia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
Volume66
Issue number4-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Course design
  • Distance education

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