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ERIC Number: ED476208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 7
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Global Rural Autism Asperger Information Network: A Distance Learning Inservice Training Program.
Bock, Marjorie A.; Swinney, Lori; Smart, Kathy
The University of North Dakota's Global Rural Autism Asperger Information Network (GRAAIN) provides a special graduate certificate program in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) consisting of six online courses. The program started over 4 years ago as a pilot program to provide specialized ASD training to educators and personnel serving children with ASD in remote, rural regions. The program uses a distance learning delivery model involving use of a computer with Internet access, CD-ROM, audio capabilities, a video camera, and a printer. Class lectures are posted on the course Web site as RealPlayer movies. Students view these lectures, complete assigned readings and other related activities, and participate in one 45-minute synchronous chat session each week and asynchronous discussion forums throughout the semester. Grades are derived from chat session participation, discussion forum participation, and independent project completion. Projects involve direct work with children with ASD or their family members. Projects are videotaped and shared with the class via the class Web site. The program relies on a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and includes guest lectures from national or international leaders in the field of ASD. Courses have either a person with ASD or a parent of such a person as a co-teacher. Co-teachers work with faculty to design, deliver, and revise course activities. Student course evaluations have been very positive. Lessons learned are discussed. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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