Victorian Deaf Education Institute webinars and captioning service

Access Caption Centre services and register for webinars on noise in classrooms and understanding reading difficulties​

The Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI), which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, is hosting two live webinars in August and September to provide opportunities for educators and allied professionals to engage in online professional learning.  

In each of the webinars, participants will gain practical knowledge and strategies to help them in their work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.   

Noise in classrooms

School classrooms can be challenging listening environments, particularly for younger students who are less able to separate speech from background noise than adults and older children. 

In this webinar, hosted by Professor Gary Rance, participants will explore data from two recent University of Melbourne studies, discussing the effects of the classroom environment on primary school students with and without hearing loss.

The first study measured physiological stress levels and the second investigated the effects of the classroom environment (open-plan versus enclosed-classrooms) on listening development and academic progress. 

Event details 

Date: Wednesday 18 August  

Time: 4pm – 5pm 

Platform: online 

Cost: free. 

Register on the VDEI website. Registrations close Monday 16 August.

Understanding and supporting reading difficulties in deaf and hard of hearing students

A significant proportion of deaf and hard of hearing students experience challenges and difficulties with learning to read, despite improvements in hearing technology.  

In this webinar, Sharron Woolfe, Visiting Teacher of the Deaf, will discuss how hearing loss can impact students learning to read. The presentation will explore some of the causes of reading difficulties and strategies to support reading skills.  

Event details 

Date: Wednesday 1 September 

Time: 4pm – 5:30pm 

Platform: online 

Cost: free. 

Register on the VDEI website. Registration close Monday 30 August.

Caption Centre service 

The VDEI Caption Centre service highlights the importance of inclusive education, particularly in deaf education.

The Caption Centre captions educational media used by schools to ensure deaf and hard of hearing students have full access to the curriculum and support materials. 

Schools can make a request to access the Caption Centre service. Refer to the VDEI website for more information and to submit a request.

Find out more 

For more information, refer to the VDEI website

For all enquiries about the Caption Centre, contact the VDEI: