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In the areas of audiology and speech science, computer technology has moved to the forefront in both the clinical and laboratory settings. It is imperative that students in both speech-language pathology and audiology acquire fundamental skills with all aspects of computer technology in order to maintain professional marketability. A survey of 75 students in the department of communication disorders at Southeast Missouri State University showed that only 9% of the students who completed the questionnaire were very confident about using computer technology, while more than 35% were either somewhat or very apprehensive about it. One of the most frequently cited reasons for infrequent use of computers is lack of training. After viewing the results of the survey, basic competencies and applications in speech-language pathology course work and speech science and audiology course work were developed. Assignments included using e-mail; accessing the Internet for World Wide Web sites appropriate for the course and compiling information obtained from those sources; creating an electronic mailing list; subscribing to listservs and electronic journals; preparing class presentations using PowerPoint or a similar program; using online chat to conduct study sessions; and creating aural rehabilitative materials using online sources. Results of the project have been very positive with respect to student learning. (AEF)

Descriptors: Assignments, Audiology, Competence, Computer Attitudes, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Electronic Journals, Electronic Mail, Higher Education, Information Sources, Instructional Development, Internet, Introductory Courses, Listservs, Skill Development, Speech Language Pathology, Student Attitudes, Technology Integration

Autor: McErlain, Eileen; Squibb, Kevin


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