Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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This benchmark course portfolio reflects the iterative design process for SLPA 453: Neurological Foundations of Speech and Language. This course covers the foundational knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the central and peripheral nervous system and the neurology of the human communication processes, and the classification of impairments based on the lesion sites in the human brain. I analyzed student learning through various activities that align with two main course goals: (1) demonstrate knowledge of the neurology of human communication processes; (2) demonstrate the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span. Based on the data collected, the two main course goals are achieved. I plan to change the courses in Fall 2022 based on students’ feedbacks from surveys after mid-term and final exams to optimize student learning.