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Peer Review

AAC Institute Self Study

by AAC Institute


Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 26, 2014 by Communication Sciences and Disorders
Overview: These self-study courses are centered on concepts related to Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The courses are organized in modules, ranging from introductory to advanced content requiring demonstration of knowledge (via online quizzes) before moving through chapters within the modules. Four modules are available, including: (1) Introduction to AAC (2) AAC Language Representation Methods (3) AAC Performance Report: Definition, Generation, and Use (4) Language Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention
Learning Goals: Module 1 provides information on a structured approach to AAC assessment and intervention that focuses on language issues rather than technology features Module 2 was designed for those new to the field of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). It provides information on AAC, who uses AAC, stakeholders and goals based on user values. Module 3 identifies and defines the 17 quantitative summary measures of communication performance contained in the AAC Performance Report, how to generate the report, and how to use it in guiding clinical practice. Module 4 reviews the goal of AAC and the components of evidence-based practice and then focuses on a framework for how language is represented and generated using AAC interventions.
Target Student Population: Instructors, speech-language pathologists, graduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Familiarity with the field of speech-language pathology; prior exposure to AAC would be useful but not mandatory.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: This material could be used by many stakeholders, including: (A) Academic instructors developing an AAC course (B) Experienced SLPs, to obtain or refresh knowledge in AAC. (C) For graduate SLP students to prepare for or supplement an AAC course This material would be useful as a prep for speech-language pathology PRAXIS exam.
Technical Requirements: Internet Browser. Access to the modules requires free registration with the AAC Institute.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The courses are well-written and clear. The quizzes are difficult but not too difficult. Even though they are multiple choice, they provide sufficient challenge.
Concerns: Additional graphics would help enhance the learning opportunities. The majority of the site is text-based.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The content is broad in scope and offers multiple stakeholders access to the most important concepts related to AAC
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Easy to navigate, could be saved for later completion.
Concerns: Requires users to set up free registration with the AAC Institute (whose site houses the modules).

Other Issues and Comments: Users must achieve 80% correct on quizzes before access is granted for additional chapters within modules.