American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Peer Review Orientation

This orientation explains the process of conducting peer reviews and describes how to complete the required forms.

What is the peer review?

  • For self-studies (courses designed for individuals to learn at their own pace), two reviews of the self-study product are required before the product is submitted to ASHA CE.
  • The two reviews are to be conducted by independent experts on the material content.

What do the peer reviewers assess?

Peer reviewers offer the Provider feedback to improve the materials before publication and verify that the:

  • Content of the materials is accurate, current, understandable by the learner, and delivered in the appropriate format
  • Information is related to the science or practice of speech-language pathology, audiology, and /or speech, language, and hearing sciences
  • Content is presented at the graduate level or above
  • Learning outcomes, test questions, and course description are clearly written and accurately reflect the content of the self study

What professional qualifications are required for peer reviewers?

Each peer reviewer must:

  • Be a speech-language pathologist, audiologist or speech/language/hearing scientist
  • Be independent and have had no role in developing the materials
  • Be able to demonstrate specific expertise in the subject area of the self-study
  • Have no proprietary interest in the materials or the organization offering the materials as self-study products
  • Have no real or perceived conflict of interest in the outcome of the review

How long can I offer a self-study for ASHA CEUs?

  • The self-study can be offered until the end of the peer review validity period, which is noted in the Continuing Education Board's memo to the Provider.
  • After this period, which is approximately three years, new peer reviews will be required in order to register the same product.
  • If any changes are made to the content or format of the self-study product during the peer review validity period, the product may have to be re-peer reviewed.

How does the CEB determine the peer review validity period?

  • The peer review validity period is based on the midpoint of the two peer review dates.
  • Example : Peer Reviewer 1 completed the review on 09/01/04 and Peer Reviewer 2 completed the review on 09/03/04, so the midpoint would be 09/02/04.

The peer review validity period would be 9/2/04-9/2/07 . This self-study could be offered until 09/02/07.

Can I backdate the first offering of the activity based on the peer review dates?

  • No, self-study registration materials must be submitted 30 days prior to the anticipated start date of the first offering.

What forms are required for the peer reviews?

Each peer reviewer must complete:

The Provider must submit:

  • Response to Peer Reviewers' Comments Form [RTF] ( one copy per self-study ) to:
    • Address all comments made by both peer reviewers, or note that no comments were made by either peer reviewer;
    • Indicate modifications made to the product in response to the peer reviewers' comments, or provide a rationale for not incorporating suggestions made by the peer reviewers.

Can peer reviewers earn ASHA CEUs for self-study courses they review?

  • Yes, peer reviewers may earn ASHA CEUs for the self-study courses they review. Include their participant forms in the first offering of the course. They will receive the amount of CEUs assigned to the course.
  • Note: Peer reviewers may not participate in a pilot study for the course they review.

If you have any questions about the peer review process, please contact your provider manager.

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