Victorian Deaf Education Institute professional learning opportunities

​For over 10 years, the VDEI continues to support free inclusive and transformative education for all children and young people 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI).

Since it was formed in 2011, the VDEI has remained committed to ensuring that all deaf and hard of hearing students are valued and supported to fully participate and succeed within an inclusive school culture.

VDEI will celebrate its significant 10-year milestone throughout the year, while continuing to deliver professional learning opportunities for teachers across the state.

Information on some of these opportunities is available below.

Professional Learning Opportunities for Teachers — Term 1

In collaboration with representatives from the Cochlear Implant Clinic and Hearing Australia, VDEI will present a two-part live webinar series on hearing technology in March 2021. 

Webinar One — Cochlear Implant Technology Update

Audiologist and Paediatric Services Coordinator at the Cochlear Implant Clinic Melbourne, Jaime Leigh, will explain cochlear implant technology as an intervention to improve the communication ability of children who have a significant hearing loss. The presentation will:

  • provide an overview of the current cochlear implant system, including how it works
  • discuss the evolution of cochlear implant technology development throughout the years
  • describe who benefits from a cochlear implant
  • discuss new indications including recent advances in technology and new patient populations.

Date: Wednesday 10 March

Time: 4pm – 5.30pm

Cost: Free

Webinar two — Hearing Australia Technology Update

Audiologist and Clinical Coach at Hearing Australia, Karin Gillies will explain hearing aid technology and assistive listening devices to strengthen the knowledge of teachers, support staff and allied health professionals working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The presentation will:

  • provide an overview of current hearing aid technology
  • discuss the current range of assistive listening devices, including personal wireless technology, remote microphones, streamers, remote controls, smart phone apps and Bluetooth headphones
  • discuss classroom technology, including Soundfield systems, interactive whiteboards and laptops, and their compatibility with assistive listening devices
  • provide a brief update on funding options, including NDIS and Community Services Obligation Funding
  • examine strategies to support technology use in the classroom environment.

Date: Wednesday 17 March

Time: 4pm – 5.30pm

Cost: Free

For more details and to register, please visit the VDEI website.

Online professional learning opportunities

A range of online, on-demand presentations are available for teachers and support staff working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing and students with other diverse learning needs.

  • Phonological Decoding and Reading Comprehension in deaf and hard of hearing children, with Dr Elizabeth Mathews.
  • Auditory Neuropathy, with Professor Gary Rance.
  • Educational interpreting: creating environments where deaf children thrive, with Dr Debra Russell.
  • Speech perception and language outcomes for infants receiving cochlear implants, with Dr Shani Dettman.
  • Understanding the benefits of Auslan for deaf and hard of hearing children, with Dr Gabrielle Hodge.

Participants who successfully complete an on-demand module will receive a certificate noting two hours of professional learning.

VDEI on-demand allows participants to access presentations at a time that suits them.

Presentations can be accessed for four weeks from registration and cost $30.

Teachers are encouraged to discuss support to cover costs with their school.

For more information and to register your interest, visit the VDEI Professional Learning Program catalogue.

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For more information, refer to the VDEI website.