May 2011, the Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) called for expressions
of interest to undertake innovative resource development projects that would
lead to knowledge-sharing across the deaf education workforce and/or the
development of teaching and learning resources for students with a hearing
The Resource Development projects enabled deaf
education practitioners and experts, in collaboration with VDEI to:
pilot and implement projects that strengthen the sector's capacity to deliver accessible and high quality assessment and learning programs for students who are deaf and hard of hearing
share knowledge and expertise through the development of professional learning sessions, workshops, resource material, or a state-wide professional learning conference
enable sustainable knowledge-sharing through website design ideas.
Priority was given to projects
that would have an impact at a system level through building the capacity of
the workforce and/or the development of sustainable resources to:
purchase and trial new resources
purchase casual relief teaching days so that key staff could be released to develop resources or professional learning materials
contract expertise to trial, pilot or develop particular resources or training materials
work in partnership to implement state-wide professional meetings or conferences.
One of the
major innovations that arose from the VDEI resource development project was the
establishment of a captioning centre in regional Victoria. The Caption Centre
is currently operating to support senior school students to access captioned
materials. If you would like further information about the Caption Centre click
Innovation and Technology- Captioned Resources).
It has been very exciting for
VDEI be involved in the wide variety of projects which have been undertaken by
various groups in the sector. On this page you will find a list schools
and the projects they have or are currently completing.
The Auslan Reader is a resource for families and schools. 20 PM Nelson readers from Levels 1-5 have been translated into Auslan using Deaf language models.
To Investigate the benefits received through a visiting program for
teachers of the deaf
To develop children’s connectedness to school through the development of
a social skills program
Development of a modified literacy resource based on the Fairview Learning Program
The use of digital technologies in learning (iPads) To investigate the
use of iPads in the delivery of services to rural and remote students
The development of a DVD to use with students and teachers to highlight
the difficulties in communicating to students who are deaf or have a hearing
A pilot program which seeks to
improve student outcomes by appropriate goal setting and specifically
measuring student achievements
To build an understanding of deafness, mental health issues and the link
between interpersonal development and personal learning
The production of a DVD, to increase the understanding of the
implications of a hearing loss and promote inclusive classroom practices
iPad trial to support a transition program with language assessments, social stories for transition, listening skills, language sampling and articulation.