Adapting to the Challenges of Remote Learning in Clinical Education

By May 6, 2020 May 12th, 2020 News

The spring semester for colleges and universities was one of rapid change and technology adoption. My personal connection to the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) department at a small university in the Midwest allowed me to witness this change as it happened. Like many schools during the health crisis, this university responded to the call for social distancing by transitioning to an entirely online learning model. This decision was made quickly and with little time to prepare, challenging individual departments to implement the new model virtually overnight. This department consists of approximately 100 students, eight faculty, and a long list of community partners, with such partnerships being the hallmark of traditional SLP programs. SLP students are trained through a combination of classes and clinical placements which involve a wide network of schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities. With so many stakeholders, technologies, and priorities involved, this department’s transition would be especially challenging.

Adapting to the Challenges of Remote Learning in Clinical Education

The spring semester for colleges and universities was one of rapid change and technology adoption. My personal connection to the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) department at a small university in the Midwest allowed me to witness this change as it happened. Like many schools during the health crisis, this university responded to the call for social distancing by transitioning to an entirely online learning model. This decision was made quickly and with little time to prepare, challenging individual departments to implement the new model virtually overnight. This department consists of approximately 100 students, eight faculty, and a long list of community partners, with such partnerships being the hallmark of traditional SLP programs. SLP students are trained through a combination of classes and clinical placements which involve a wide network of schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities. With so many stakeholders, technologies, and priorities involved, this department’s transition would be especially challenging.

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