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CEA Tutorial Section 10: Independent Study, Self-Study, and Closing Notes

Previous sections discussed general procedures for registering and reporting on courses offered for ASHA CEUs. Here, we briefly review two types of courses that have some special requirements: independent study and self-study. In addition, there are some closing comments.

What is an independent study?

An independent study (IS) is an educational experience designed by the learner to enhance skills and knowledge in an area relevant to communication disorders. It provides an opportunity for the participant to design individualized learning experiences to meet specific learning needs.

The IS is proposed by the learner and is reviewed, monitored and approved by you as the CE Administrator. You work closely with the individual to ensure that the experience will meet all CEB requirements. Within 45 days of the completion of the IS, ASHA CE must receive the completed Independent Study Activity Form. This form both registers and reports on the course.

There is a separate online orientation to answer questions about the IS process. See resource links above for both the Independent Study Activity Form and the Independent Study Orientation.

Can all ASHA Approved CE Providers oversee independent studies?

All ASHA Approved CE Providers may request to be designated as ASHA Approved Independent Study Providers. When your organization initially applied to become a Provider, there was an option in that same application to apply for the independent study designation. Contact your provider manager to check on your organization's IS status and/or to receive procedures for becoming an ASHA Approved Independent Study Provider.

What is a self-study?

A self-study is a course designed by the Provider that allows participants to learn at their own pace. The content is the same for all learners. The self-study delivery method can take many forms (i.e., CD-ROM, written material, online course, videotape, audiotape, journal). Participants work individually and do not usually interact with an instructor or other participants. Please note the following about self-study courses:

  • Peer Reviews : Two peer reviews are required (see Resource box above for Peer Review orientation and forms)
  • Pilot Study : If the CEU amount is not based on the actual run time of the self-study product, then a pilot study of at least 10 participants is required to determine the CEU amount (see Resource box above for Pilot Study orientation, forms and instructions).
  • Course Registration : Self-study registrations must be received at ASHA CE at least 30 days prior to your planned start date. Include all the usual registration forms and attachments, as well as the peer review forms and the pilot study report (if needed). Also include the Self-Study Product Information form or a copy of the self-study product. Note: Self-study registrations received after July 1, 2007, must use the form in lieu of submitting the product.

Contact your provider manager for further assistance.

What is a live-to-self-study?

If a live course is offered for ASHA CEUs, a recording of the course can be made available as a self-study course without completing the peer review requirement for a regular self-study. However, this recording can only be offered for 1 year after the original event's start date.

There are several requirements that must be met in order to offer a live-to-self study course. Please see the instructional document in the "Resources" box and contact your provider manager for complete information. If you plan to offer the self-study course after the one-year period, complete the peer reviews and other self-study requirements and then submit it as a regular self-study course with a new course number and all required attachments.

Closing comments

Thank you for participating in this tutorial. Feel free to review any section as needed. This tutorial does not cover every policy and procedure contained in the CEB Manual, so be sure to read all sections of the manual. For further assistance with any of the topics mentioned in the tutorial or the CEB Manual, please contact your provider manager.

We appreciate your commitment to provide quality continuing education for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. We look forward to working with you.

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