In 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 loss.
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. View further information about the Caption Centre
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.
Bendigo Deaf Facility
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.
Brighton Hearing Unit
To Investigate the benefits received through a visiting program for teachers of the deaf
Eastwood Deaf Facility
To develop children’s connectedness to school through the development of a social skills program
Forest Hill College Deaf Facility
Development of a modified literacy resource based on the Fairview Learning Program
Grovedale College Teachers (Hume)
The use of digital technologies in learning (iPads) To investigate the use of iPads in the delivery of services to rural and remote students
Mount View Deaf Facility
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 impairment
St. Mary’s College for Hearing Impaired Students (Wantirna)
A pilot program which seeks to improve student outcomes by appropriate goal setting and specifically measuring student achievements
St. Mary’s College for Hearing Impaired Students (Dandenong)
To build an understanding of deafness, mental health issues and the link between interpersonal development and personal learning
Visiting Teachers (EMR)-iPad trial
The production of a DVD, to increase the understanding of the implications of a hearing loss and promote inclusive classroom practices
Visiting Teachers (EMR)-DVD
iPad trial to support a transition program with language assessments, social stories for transition, listening skills, language sampling and articulation.