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An article in the New York Times yesterday reports that a new Department of Education study reached the conclusion that “On average, students in online learning conditions perform better than those receiving face-to-face instruction”. The study, conducted by SRI International, examined 99 academic reports from 1996 – 2008 that directly compared students’ online and classroom performance. The remarkable find was that online learners generally scored in the 59th percentile on exams, while traditional classroom learners only scored in the 50th percentile. This study reaffirms the value of online learning experiences, and we are certain that online courses will become more popular as more students discover the advantages of online learning. Related articles by Zemanta What is the Future of Teaching? (mashable.com) Peer-to-Peer Education: Bringing Elite Education to the Masses (gigaom.com) In Praise of Online Learning (q-ontech.blogspot.com) Online learning more effective than face-to-face learning (blogs.netedu.info)

At the 2007 ASHA Conference, Janet Brown, a Director at ASHA, gave a quick overview of her organization’s views on the topic. This video serves as a great primer on the topic of teletherapy, talking about issues ranging from the clinical research underpinning telepractice to the potential for teleSLP to benefit people who are negatively affected by the SLP shortage.

With so much buzz on TeleSLP, it is only logical to ask about ASHA’s current policy on the subject. Many speech therapists think that ASHA is opposed to telepractice or that ASHA is taking a wait-and-see approach. But, this is not the case. Our field’s leading organization has studied the issue in great detail and officially approved the practice. This position statement is an official policy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to deliver professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client, or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation. It is the position of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that telepractice (telehealth) is an appropriate model of service delivery for the profession of speech-language pathology. Telepractice may be used to overcome barriers of access to services caused by distance, unavailability of specialists and/or subspecialists, and impaired mobility. Telepractice offers the potential to extend clinical services to remote, rural, and underserved populations, and to culturally and linguistically diverse populations. The use of telepractice does not remove any existing responsibilities in delivering services, including adherence to the Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, state and federal laws (e.g., licensure, HIPAA, etc.), and…

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