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Techniques for Designing Courses, Examining Preferences, and Conducting Experiential Learning (WEBS1021012)

Course Description

Pedagogical practices in communication sciences and disorders have grown thanks in part to innovative techniques from other fields. The articles in this activity each present models that can be successfully incorporated into our discipline. Slavych describes models of backward course design—course development that starts by focusing on learning outcomes before considering content or teaching methods. Squires and Squires introduce best–worst scaling, a method for examining group preferences, and reported on how it can inform admissions practices. Speights Atkins et al. describe models of mentoring undergraduate research experiences and their applications in two communication sciences and disorders research labs. Finally, Perryman et al. examine the effects of a mixed-reality simulation in which actors playing parents interacted through computer avatars with undergraduate students carrying out clinical procedures.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • design or redesign a course with the principles of backward design in conjunction with the Understanding by Design framework
  • describe an area in which best–worse scaling could be used to measure strengths of preference
  • analyze different models, approaches, and resources for mentoring undergraduate researchers
  • summarize the value of using a mixed-reality clinical simulation to teach preclinical undergraduate students counseling and interpersonal skills

Assessment Type
Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

Articles in This Course

  1. Designing Courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders Using Backward Design by Bonnie K. Slavych, published in SIG 10, Volume 5, Issue 6, December 17, 2020
  2. Exploring Best–Worst Scaling for Communication Sciences and Disorders by Scot A. Squires and Katie E. Squires, published in SIG 10, Volume 6, Issue 1, February 23, 2021
  3. Enhanced Mentored Undergraduate Research Experiences: Successful Strategies Used in Two Laboratories at Auburn University by Marisha Speights Atkins, Lauren H. Allison, and Mary J. Sandage, published in SIG 10, Volume 6, Issue 2, April 28, 2021
  4. Developing Interpersonal and Counseling Skills Through Mixed-Reality Simulation in Communication Sciences and Disorders by Twyla Perryman, Carlie Sandefur, and Chelsea T. Morris, published in SIG 10, Volume 6, Issue 2, April 28, 2021
Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 5
ASHA CEU*: 0.5
Item #(s): WEBS1021012
Available Through: December 24, 2026