During this webinar, participants will experience what it is like to be a deaf student in a mainstreamed college class, then learn about the challenges that deaf students face in the classroom and the Universal Design for Instruction principles that could be used to improve the instruction and learning for not only deaf student but also all students in the class. Online resources being developed by the National Science Foundation ATE Center, DeafTEC, to improve existing teaching practice by providing better access to instruction for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstream STEM classes will also be discussed.
Community college faculty/staff and high school teachers/counselors
Participants will become:
Familiar with the challenges deaf and hard-of-hearing students face in a classroom.
Universal Design for Instruction principles and how to apply them in the classroom to improve the access to learning for all students.
DeafTEC online resources available for teachers, counselors, students, parents, and employers.
Donna Lange is the PI and Center Director for DeafTEC. She has been teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf for over 25 years. She is an associate professor and former chair of the Applied Computer Technology Department, and has taught a variety of computer-related courses in the areas of both hardware and Web development.
Myra Pelz is a Co-PI for DeafTEC. She is an associate professor at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf and has taught there for over 35 years. As a faculty member in the NTID Information and Computing Studies Department, she has provided teaching and tutoring to deaf students in both associate and BS level programs in Computer Science and Information Technology.
Denise Kavin is a Co-PI for DeafTEC. She has been teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf for over 7 years. As an instructional faculty member in the NTID Department of Liberal Studies, Denise teaches a variety of developmental English courses to deaf students in associate-level programs. She also serves as the Special Assistant to the President of NTID for Strategic Decisions 2020 and the NTID liaison for the RIT Study Abroad office.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-0734056 and Grant No. HRD 1203121. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.