Penn State University and the RERC on AAC are collaborating to develop two new educational resources.
1) The AAC Learning Center (you are currently at this site)
The AAC Learning Center provides free educational resources. No registration is necessary to view the materials. The AAC Learning Center is the long term home for all of the materials developed by the RERC on AAC, including
- Webcasts by people who use AAC*
- Webcasts to support research to practice*
- Publications (free copies)
- Profiles and communication supports
The AAC Learning Center provides free educational modules on AAC. The modules are designed to be used by current and future AAC team members, including pre-service and in-service speech language pathologists, special education teachers, general education teachers, and occupational therapists, as well as family members of people who use AAC.
Individuals who complete a module at the site can earn a certificate of completion. Registration is necessary to view the modules, however registration information is not shared with anyone. The following modules are now available for use in pre-service and in-service instruction:
- AAC for Children – An Introduction
- Alternative Access
- Developing AAC Systems for Children
- Family-Centered Skills: Active Listening for SLPs
- Funding for AAC for Children
- Literacy and AAC: Letter-Sound Correspondences
We hope that the materials at the AAC Learning Center Moodle will be of interest to students, faculty, and current AAC team members. If you are involved in teaching others about the effective use of AAC, please register at Instructor Forum and Resources to receive updated information on the development of new modules, and to share ideas on effective instruction techniques to “build capacity” in AAC service delivery.
*At present, some of the webcasts at The AAC Learning Center provide a link to an “old” testing and certification site, at which interested individuals can complete a quiz and earn a certificate of completion. This testing and certificate function is being moved to the AAC Learning Center Moodle, and will be available in November, 2019. Until that time, the links to the “old” testing and certification site will remain available to interested students and instructors.