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

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McCormack, Jane, Easton, Catherine and Morkel-Kingsbury, Lenni. (2014). Educating speech-language pathologists for the 21st century: Course design considerations for a distance education Master of Speech Pathology program. International Journal of Phoniatrics, Speech therapy and Communication pathology. 66(4-5), pp. 147 - 157. https://doi.org/10.1159/000367710
AuthorsMcCormack, Jane, Easton, Catherine and Morkel-Kingsbury, Lenni
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.

Keywordscourse design; distance education
Year2014
JournalInternational Journal of Phoniatrics, Speech therapy and Communication pathology
Journal citation66 (4-5), pp. 147 - 157
PublisherS. Karger AG
ISSN1021-7762
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1159/000367710
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84925352334
Page range147 - 157
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationSwitzerland
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