Congratulations to the nominated program coordinators for their tireless work in ensuring that VDEI's third real-time captioning in classrooms pilot began in the first full school week. Coordinating timetables, subjects, room allocations and other information was a stellar effort!
VDEI launched the project this term, providing real-time captioning in four secondary settings in metropolitan and regional areas over Terms 1 and 2.
Before captioning began, staff from all four settings attended a short professional learning program presented by Leonie Jackson and Steve Baldwin from AI-Live - the provider of real-time captioning services for this pilot program. Program coordinators received an invaluable opportunity to experience real-time captioning first hand and ask all the burning questions that could best be answered by the service providers. They were then able to walk away feeling confident about applying the technology within their own classrooms, training their deaf and hard of hearing students and troubleshooting when necessary.
The University of Melbourne's evaluation of the real-time captioning project for VDEI is steadily progressing. The first stage of the evaluation - a review of the literature - is now nearing completion. The University's program logic workshop has identified many significant points to be explored through a series of online surveys, interviews and focus groups to be conducted in the near future. Information will be gathered from various groups including students, parents, teachers, teachers of the deaf and interpreters during the evaluation process.