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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

Fall 2017 TVI Courses

VISN 603: Braille Communications I

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
Wendy Buckley
Course #: 
7673
Location: 
Online
Class Information
Credits: 
3
Prepracticum: 
3 hours

Course Description:

This course will train individuals to teach reading and writing of contracted Unified English Braille. Participants will learn to write Unified English Braille using both Perkins brailler and slate and stylus, and reading methods will be studied. Reading problems and remediation will be discussed. Techniques used in education and rehabilitation will be included. The use of technology to produce braille will be reviewed.
Face to Face Meeting: Final Exam

VISN 604: Visual Functioning

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
Darick Wright
Course #: 
7671
Location: 
Online
Section: 
2
Class Information
Credits: 
3
Other: 
None

Course Description:This course introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the eye and examines refraction, clinical testing procedures, and major visual disorders. The medical component of this course provides the foundation to the remainder of the course, as it looks at the functional implications of individual eye conditions on educational and vocational services. Note: There are no face to face classes in this course.
 

In this fully on-line course, the sessions are designed to provide a basic understanding of the physical structures of the eye and their functions, an understanding of pathologies that affect the visual system and how they impact visual functioning. Topics include: structures of the eye, ocular optics, basic brain anatomy and development of vision, and functional implications of common eye diseases.

Note: There are no face-to-face sessions for this course.

All texts can be purchased directly from the publisher using the links above. Please order the format that best suits your needs.

Required Texts: 

Clinical Anatomy of the Visual System, 3rd ed.

Attribute(s): 
Author
Remington, L.E (2012)
Publisher
Butterworth-Heinemann:Massachusetts   $137.00
Notes
Available in print, e-book.   UMass students enter promotional code: 37982 for discount  (reduced price of $109.60)

The Eye Book: A Complete Guide to Eye Disorders and Health. Large Print Edition. © 2001

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Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press., Baltimore, MD.
Authors
Cassel, G.H., Billig, M.D. & Randall, H.G.
Note:
Available only in print

Dictionary of Eye Terminology, 6th Edition

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Publisher
Triad Publishing Co. Gainesville, FL.
Authors
B. Cassin and S.A.B. Solomon.
Notes
Available in print and electronic format

VISN 613: Assessment for Students with Visual Impairment Including Those with Additional Disabilities

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
Tammy Reisman
Course #: 
5615
Location: 
Online
Class Information
Credits: 
4
Prepracticum: 
25 hours

Course Description: This course examines and explores the unique educational needs of children with visual impairments and children with visual and multiple impairments as well as techniques for assessment related to teaching these children in a full array of educational settings from ages 3-22. Topics include assessment specifically designed for students with visual impairments, and those in the expanded core curriculum. Issues related to team approaches to assessment, and evaluation are also presented. This course requires a field-based placement/pre-practicum requirement of a minimum of 25 hours. This course has 2 face to face meetings.

Required Texts: 

Oregon Project Skills Inventory 6th Ed. © 2007 Skills Inventory 5 Pack only

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Publisher
Southern Oregon Education Service District. Medford, O.R.
Author
Sharon Anderson

Assistive Technology For Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Guide to Assessment © 2008

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Publisher
AFB Press
Authors
Presley, Ike M.Ed. & D'Andrea, Frances Mary, M.Ed

Foundations of Education 3nd ed.: Vol. II, Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments

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Publisher
AFB Press. New York, NY.
Editors
Alan J. Koenig and M. Cay Holbrook

Alternate Assessment for Student with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

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Authors:
Kleinhart, Harold and Kearns, Jacqui Farmer (2010)
Publisher
Baltimore, Brooks Publishing

Assessment of Braille Literacy Skills. © 1995

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Publisher
Region IV Education Center. Boston, MA.
Authors
Alan J. Koenig and Carol Farrenkopf.

VISN 619: Practicum in Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
Tammy Reisman
Course #: 
7678
Location: 
Online
Class Information
Credits: 
4
Other: 
All coursework, passage of the Braille Proficiency Test, and program coordinator approval

Prerequisites: All coursework, MTELs, and permission from the TVI Program Coordinator

The TVI Practicum encompasses a supervised practicum, a practicum seminar and capstone portfolio. The Practicum provides 300 hours working with students who are visually impaired, ranging from Pre-K through Grade 12.

The Practicum Seminar consists of 6 modules dealing with professional issues related to the field of TVI. The seminar is designed to inform and support students as they complete their Practicum experiences. The modules will be released on a bi-weekly schedule.

There will be one synchronous Collaborate session.

Pre-registration for the TVI Practicum is required one semester prior to enrollment. Student must provide documentation of 100 clock hours of pre-practicum experiences, passing score reports for all required licensure exams (MTEL), passing score on the Braille Proficiency Test, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0. The practicum site must be approved by the Program Coordinator.

VISN 646: Introduction to Audiology and the Human Auditory System

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
J.K. Bozeman
Course #: 
14809
Location: 
Online
Class Information
Credits: 
3

Course Description: This course will cover the nature of sound and how humans perceive it. Sound in the environment and how sound is used by humans to move through their environment will also be explored. Topics include the basics of sound, anatomy and physiology of the auditory system with an emphasis on function, common disorders of the auditory system and how these disorders are manifested. The principles of basic audiology and how to understand and relate to the audiologist provide a foundation for hearing both clinically and functionally. Students will learn hearing aid technology and the application of that technology to various auditory disorders in a functional sense.  There are no face to face classes.

Texts: All required readings are provided within the course. 

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