Dec 01, 2013 by
Communication Sciences and Disorders
This site introduces normal aging and memory, disorders of memory and how to cope with memory loss. It includes video segments explaining the terms and concepts. The site offers links to other resources about dementia.
Type of Material:
A web-based tutorial with pages that are interactive and provide opportunities for a variety of learning styles, including visual and audio.
Introductory concept level of classroom use. Could be used as self-study, as multi-modal examples of concepts, particularly for those who prefer visual or audio learning cues.
Web browser, RealPlayer plug in to view videos. The site appeared to work best with Internet Explorer.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
1. Learners will understand different types of memory.
2. Learners will understand normal age-related changes associated with memory.
3. Users will be able to identify factors that positively and negatively influence memory function.
Target Student Population:
undergraduate students, such as an introductory level course in communication sciences and disorders. Examples would be Introduction to CSD or an Introduction to Aging.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
Clear and concise presentation of information, uses animations and videos for demonstration of concepts.
Identifies language issues (i.e., agrammatism, aphasia) as cognitive deficits (vs language). Very basic level information. Information is not unique from other websites available to the public.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Learning objectives are stated for each segment. Each segment builds on prior concepts.
Introductory level information,low level Bloom’s taxonomy, does not offer practice or assessment of knowledge.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Design is a strength. Clear navigation, well produced videos with accompanying transcripts. Animations and attachments are clearly presented.
No opportunity for assessment of student learning. Does not offer integration/application of knowledge. Videos would have been improved if patient examples offered.