VDEI is focused on improving outcomes and access for rural and regional students and families. A pilot program using video conferencing equipment will be trialled with rural deaf facilities and at some metropolitan locations. Videoconferencing units are already allowing students to participate in ways not previously viable and will continue to allow us to develop outreach programs and services in a variety of ways. Options being explored are:
- using the units to promote and provide Auslan classes to student/parents and/or communities
- developing student networks with rural and isolated areas
- providing team teaching sessions with Visiting Teachers and students
- presenting professional development sessions with teachers in remote areas
- deaf role model programs with students
- providing access to some curriculum sessions or subjects with interpreted support.
Schools may also have other innovative ideas and ways to share your expertise and rich curriculum knowledge across the state. VDEI's new Virtual Learning Project Manager, Sally Martin will be in contact with schools to discuss how we can best utilise this exciting opportunity.