Student Projects Add Value to the Internet

by Judith Maginnis Kuster - Minnesota State University, Mankato (

Students in communication disorders programs are not only learning about applications of Internet technology to our discipline, but in many cases they are themselves adding value to the Internet through various assigned projects or because of their own special interests.

Those with special interests often develop websites that disappear after they leave their training institution. Others find new homes for their Web work. In the case of some, whose professors assign Internet-related projects, their work is integrated into their professor's Web site, and remains online. Their projects have been reviewed (graded) by their professors and often contain valuable and practical professional information. Although they are not always easy to find and often have long URLs since they are buried in academic sites, they are well-worth exploring. Several are highlighted below.

  • Students in Heather Clark's Neurogenic Speech Disorders Class at Appalachian State University prepared several presentations in 1997 including Apraxia of Speech, Screening Protocol for Motor Speech Disorders, Tracheostomies - Types, Swallowing, and Communication and Working With and Counseling The Client

  • Since 1998, Celia Hooper and her students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been building a library of prevention and treatment ideas for voice disorders.

  • Since 1994, graduate students in Judith Kuster's stuttering seminar have been building an annotated bibliography of journal articles. Kuster also hosts a selective online student "journal" consisting of student-written papers relating to stuttering.

  • Linda Leeper's graduate students from New Mexico State University develop web pages the best of which are placed online. Some of the topics include Laryngectomy: A Woman's Point of View, Various Methods Of Teaching Esophageal Speech, Tracheoesophageal Voice Prostheses and Feeding Techniques for the Infant with Cleft Lip & Palate.

  • For the past seven years, William Rosenthal of California State University-Hayward has put titles and abstracts of his students' experimental research projects online. They are chosen competitively and the research papers are available through inter-library loan.

  • Students in Cindy Spiller's 1997 stuttering course at the University of Minnesota Duluth created an informational site on stuttering.

  • Students in Julie Senner's seminar in augmentative and alternative communication at Saint Xavier Universityshare chapter outline summaries for Lloyd, Fuller, and Arvidson's Augmentative and Alternative Communication: A Handbook of Principles and Practices.

  • Alissa Vertes and Kristy Weissling at Nova Southeastern University are providing an opportunity for graduate students to build a site of therapy ideas for people with aphasia/TBI.

  • The University of Minnesota-Duluth provides Web space for student pages on a variety of communication disorders topics.

    Judith Kuster is in the department of communication disorders at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her by email at

    Kuster, JM, Student Projects Add Value to the Internet, ASHA Leader, August 7, 2001, p. 15.