CONNECT Module 5: Assistive Technology

Winton, P., Buysse, V., Rous, B., Epstein, D., & Pierce, P.
2011

CONNECT modules are web-based, instructional resources for faculty and other professional development providers that focus on and respond to challenges faced each day by those working with young children and their families in a variety of learning environments and inclusive settings. The practice-based modules are designed to build early childhood practitioners’ abilities to make evidence-based decisions. They emphasize a decision-making process, realistic problems to solve, the importance of integrating multiple perspectives and sources of evidence, the relevance and quality of content, and feedback.

Each module includes five steps:
1. Dilemma. Consider a dilemma.
2. Question. Turn the dilemma into an answerable question.
3. Evidence. Consider key sources of general evidence (definition, research, policies, experience-based knowledge).
4. Decision. Integrate sources of evidence with different perspectives and unique contexts to make an informed decision.
5. Evaluation. Evaluate the practice decision.

Information is presented in a variety of formats including audio and video clips, and written resources. CONNECT’s materials are standards-based, strongly rooted in an evidence-based practice framework, and easily adaptable to the needs of multiple audiences and contexts. All are available at no cost. 

Citation: Winton, P., Buysse, V., Rous, B., Epstein, D., & Pierce, P. (2011). CONNECT Module 5: Assistive Technology. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, FPG Child Development Institute, CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge.