Sunday, August 23, 2009


Course notes from FAHE11001 - Manage E-Learning

Voice Thread

Powerful critiquing technology that allows you to make a range of comment types (text, drawing, voice, file upload and video) on a video or image. In speech pathology it would be a good little project for patients. They can be given an image or video and the patient would make voice comments and be assessed of their language and speech skills.


Allows you to upload audio files and sychronise the audio files with slides from a PowerPoint or Openoffice.

Uses in Speech Pathology
  • used in conference powerpoints
  • steps of swallowing and the brain processes in dot points with an audio files gives better detail, can also be done with a video clip


WikiPedia ia an online encyclopedia that allowes anyone to contribute but also has a set of tight guidelines and rules. As a resource it is quick, exhaustive and easy reference that allows people to develop background knowledge in subject area. In speech pathology it would be good to recommend to patients and their family if they want to understand what something is, for example a part of the bran or the meaning of a word.


Video offers the ability to quicly outline concepts and show things not easily possible on paper or in classroom. It allows you to watch it as many times as possible and where you like and provides a deeper learning.

Uses of Video in Speech Pathology
  • online dissections of the brain
  • relationships between organism structures and speech
  • clips of swallowing, drinking and eating from the inside
  • provide diagrams and pictures
  • video of patients speacking, can be analysed to detect any problems with their mouth movements
  • evidence to show a patients progress

Google Earth

Google earth enables students to see images from different parts of the earth with ability to overlay streets/roads with latitude. Using google earth in speech pathology is limited. Google earth can be used as an engagement tool to keep patietns interested. Patients would search a country or town and then pronounce the name of the country they are searching and also read out the names of streets and the latitude and longitude of the location. This little exercise keeps it interesting because patients can view the names they are pronoucing.


Podcasting involves uploading a media file and an XML file to podcasting server allows students to download these to a products like iTunes and replay it on an MP3/4 player like an ipod. A podcast in an audio file that you can listen to on a computer, or MP3 player video has been included and these are called Vodcasts

Uses of Podcasting in Speech Pathology

Specialist can use Podcasting to:
  • download recordings of patients and re-listen to detect any problems in their language skills
  • record their own thoughts
  • record discussions with patients, family and other specialists
Patients can use Podcasting to:
  • download as an exercise onto their ipods or media files and listen to recordings of different words, slowing pronoucing the words and their meaning and leaves time for patients to repeat and practice those words
  • listen to instructions for exercises, patients can listen as they perform the exercises
  • read and speak a paragraph while being recorded, then specialists can stop recording pinpointing any mistakes they make

Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Learning Management Systems offer a single platform that delivers content, manages assessment, provides communication forums and virtual collaboration spaces for students. Learning management systems are good for instituations of speech learning. Universities can establish a LMS and document all the learning criteria and information for the speech pathology students. Also links to activities and images, videos and voice clips can be uploaded to enhance the learning experience.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Power Point

In the world Power Point is the most widely used presentation software in the world due to its ease of operation and simplicity.

Uses of Power Point in Speech Pathology
  • provide clear points and processes of the different anatomy systems regarding Speech Pathology
  • can include pictures and videos to enhance learning experiences
  • useful tool for conferences and work shop

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Animations & Simulations

Uses of Animations & Simulations in Speech Pathology

Specalists can use Animations and Simulations to:
  • show animations of the human anatomy instead of textbooks, for example different parts of the brain light up explaining what they do and how they affect speech
  • show animations of swallowng, eating and drinking performed normally and with impairments
  • help patients and their families understand their condition, they are shown animations of how the brain or swallowing has effected their speech

Voki Avatars

Uses of Voki Avatars in Speech Pathology
  • good for childen and adults, it grabs their attention because it's different and interesting
  • introduce a course the Speech Pathology students are doing at university helping create interest in course from the start
  • create a speech activity for patients, the Voki can speak a phase and the patient has to repeat the phase on a recording, patient and specialist then listen to recording, detect any errors and repeat the activity

Image Manipulation

In order to display images and make sure their the right size for the page, some images will need to reduced in the file and physical size.Picnik is a free online tool that allows you to crop, resize and play around with other editing options on images and photos you have uploaded. With Picnik you are unable to store images but you can connect your Flickr account and store them there.

Specialist can use Image Manipulation when they need to store large amounts of images or send to other people. Even though Image Manipulation doesn't contribute to learning directly, it however makes the process more efficient and easy.

e.Portfolio - Mahara

Allowing you a 100MB of storage an e.Portfolio account is a great site to display and store educational artifacts you have produced. A benefit of an e.portfolio is you can take it with you regardless of which institution you work at. For this course I created a Mahara account and I think its great. In Mahara you can creat folders and subfolders for different topics, view and post blogs, upload images and video's I find usefull or interesting, attach my resume and its easy to use and manage. Mahara is useful and I wish to continue using it in the future.

Uses for e.Portfolio in Speech Pathology

Specialist can us e.Portfolio for:
  • a portfolio of each current patient on their level, progress and future development potential
  • way of keeping information and updating it regularly
  • posting past assignment
  • attaching resume
  • a diary or reference to look back on how different patients were treated especailly with those of different ages and ethinic backgrounds
  • looking for jobs, employers can view a specialist e.Portfolio and view their achievements and what their capable of
  • documenting personal, academic and career goals and skills
  • messaging other specialists


Flickr is a respository for images and is available to anyone with an account. Most images on the site can be used for educational purposes but must be referneced due to copyright.

Uses of Flickr in Speech Pathology

Specialists can use Flickr for:
  • improving language skills by having images with the word, pronunication and recording of the word being spoken. The definition of the word must also be considered because some words sound the same
  • learning the human anatomy
  • combining verbal and visual aids together help stimuate the brain and retain the correct speech
  • both adults and children
Patients can use Flickr for:
  • practicing their speech in their own time with the images and other sources
  • expand their vocabulary
  • improve thier language skills


YouTube is a website where millions of video clips can be uploaded and view by people. It allows anyone to share anything all over the world. YouTube now contains enormous amounts of quality very informative educational content which can be used. YouTube is used by corporate, political, scientific and everyday users and you can search anything you are interested in. Youtube how now becasue a depository of information.

Uses of YouTube in Speech Pathology

Specialists can use YouTube for:
  • the anatomy, brain systems and swallowing
  • hand signals
  • before and after of a patients treatment, shows people and other patients it's possible and creates a form of support and motivation
  • for their own learning watch other case studies and become inspired with other specialists strategies

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Wikis provide web pulishing opportunities which can be individual or collaborative. Use "What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWYG) software enables non-technical people to add and alter content. Wikies provide significant opportunities for collaboration and interaction. As the owner you get to choose who can use your website, it can be competely closed to non-members or open to everyone.

Uses of Wikis in Speech Pathology

Specialist can use Wikis to:
  • collaborate and add new information with other specialists
  • share techniques they found effective
  • let other specialists know about upcoming confrences, workshops and speech forums
  • use as discussion board
  • post information on nutition, swallowing, the brain and alternative communication strategies
  • create their own encylopedia regarding speech pathology terms and subjects
  • create lists of words with the pronunciation and definition of the word

This is the Wiki I created to use for speech pathology


Aggregators or RSS (Really Simple Syndication) help keep track of other like minded blogs to alert you to new postings. With an RSS it allows you to monitor your favourite websites or blogs that you have selected. Using a RSS saves a huge amount of time searching and checking whether anything new has been posted.

I used google reader to keep track of the blogs I wanted to monitor. It has proven to be really useful and effective. I wish I had found it earlier it would have been very handy.

Uses of Aggregators in Speech Pathology

Secialists can use aggregators to:
  • notify them of upcoming conferences and workshops from websites hosting them
  • updates from credited Speech pathology websites
  • notify them if patients have written anything new blogs or asked questions
Patients can use aggregators to:
  • notify them when their specialist has posted homework or results


Blogs are simple web pages which consist of short, informal and frequently updated posts. Blogs are a web-based journal which are easy to establish and require no technical knowledge to use. Blogs can be used by digital natives or digital immigrants, its not limited to certain age groups. it really is that easy anyone can use. On a blog page owners can post images, videos, voice recordings and links along with written blogs.

Uses in Speech Pathology

In speech pathology specialists can use blogs to their advantage with their patients, colleagues and their own learning.

Specialists can use blogs to:
  • post resources
  • reflect on their own ideas and methods
  • write lab notes
  • post links to great activities and sites
  • post homework to patients
  • share practice and experiences with other like-minded speech pathologists
  • create a continuous communication with patients and other specialists
  • view patients blogs are detect any problems
Not only can specialists use blogs to their advantage, patients can as well to improve their treatment.

Patients can use blogs to:
  • write journals anmd over time view progress
  • increase moral up because they can see the development
  • recieve feedback from their specialists, family, friends and other patients
  • discuss with other patients their treatment and progress
  • relating with other people blogging keeps up thier motivation and help relaise they are not alone
  • post questions which their specialist can prepare to answer in the next face-to-face session
  • voice any problems

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Hello readers,

My name is Iesha Walker and I'm 19 years old from Mackay. Untill this year I was uncertain which career path I wanted to endeavour. Finally I have settled on doing Speech Pathology at James Cook University next year. Currently I'm studying At Central Queensland University doing a Bachelor of Arts. I choose the Bachelor of Arts to experience many different topics, expand my knowledge, gain a good understanding of my learning and help with the problem of deciding my career.

For this assignment I have based using the different delivery technologies in Speech Pathology and how they can can help treat patients and contribute to my own learning. It's exciting to imagine the continuing possiblities technology can contribute to Speech Pathology. Being given the ability to put my own thoughts and ideas about how to effectivly use all the technologies and my understanding of them has increased my engagement in this course.