VDEI is currently developing an online lecture series titled: Literacy development for students who are deaf or hard of hearing who use spoken language. The online literacy program supports the Education State initiatives, particularly the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes in the area of Experience in Teaching and Learning, by building practice excellence.
Nine academics specialising in the literacy of students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH), or early language development skills that are a pre-cursor to the development of literacy skills, travelled to Melbourne for four-five days to film their lectures in a professionally equipped studio. Approximately 20 minutes long, each lecture contains the subject matter and relevant learning goals. The completed lecture series (61 combined from all nine academics) will have embedded Auslan interpreting, captioning, the presenter and their corresponding PowerPoint. Supplementary resources and knowledge-check activities will be also be available as digital educational material. This series of lectures will be available on a secure online learning platform before the end of 2016.
VDEI's targeted audience are educational professionals working with students who are D/HH. Mainstream teacher and parents of students who are D/HH will also benefit from this resource designed to provide information about best practices in literacy for students who are D/HH.
While in Melbourne, each academic (below) presented a two-hour twilight lecture at VDEI, complimentary to members of the deaf education sector.
1. Professor David Ertmer
Speech, Language, and Hearing Science, Purdue University
2. Associate Professor Connie Mayer
Faculty of Education, York University
3. Associate Professor Beverly Trezek
College of Education, De Paul University
4. Professor John Luckner
School of Special Education College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, University of Northern Colorado
5. Associate Professor Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottowa
6. Patricia Spencer, Patricia E. Spencer, PhD
Gallaudet Research Institute (retired)
7. Professor Margaret Harris
School of Developmental Psychology, Oxford Brookes University
8. Dr Stacey Tucci
Educational Psychology, Special Education, & Communication Disorders, Georgia State University
9. Professor Shirin Antia
College of Education, University of Arizona
The online lecture series is a special project funded by the Professional Practice and Leadership Division of the Regional Service Group, Department of Education and Training.