Share Paper: Using e-Learning to break geographical barriers in access to professional development: A Brazilian research report

  1. Camilla Guarnieri, University of São Paulo and University of South Florida, United States
  2. Jack Drobisz, University of South Florida, United States
  3. Bruno Arndt, University of São Paulo and University of South Florida, United States
  4. Simone Lopes-Herrera, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  5. Howard Goldstein, University of South Florida, United States

Abstract: Many countries with large territories, such as Brazil, find it difficult to deliver quality professional development to less densely populated regions. The institutions that offer education in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (SLP/Au) fields are concentrated in major population centers and are often missing from many remote regions. As a result, the number of well-trained SLP/Au professionals follow the same pattern, making it difficult for the population in remote areas to access high-quality language interventions. The aim of this study is to examine if free distance courses can break those geographical barriers and improve professional development opportunities in remove regions of ...