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NDC offers a variety of free e-learning opportunities to support the postsecondary success of deaf students. Earn CEUs by completing one of our short courses or dig deeper and enroll in one of our course series. Individuals who take classes with NDC | explore will be able to view real stories shared by deaf people across the country, discuss concerns and challenges with others, and learn from national experts.
The first (of three) courses in two of our course series have launched! Check out Effective Communication Access - Course 1 and Test Equity - Course 1. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed about new e-learning opportunities.
Courses are available at no cost to participants and enrollment is ongoing, and open to anyone. CEUs are available. More information on all of our current courses is available on our Canvas Catalog.
A full slate of e-learning opportunities will be available in Spring 2018. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed about new e-learning opportunities.
Effective Communication Access - Course 1
Having an understanding of the communication preferences of students is the cornerstone of providing effective services for deaf individuals. Effective communication affords deaf individuals the ability to give or receive information in a manner that is best for them and which will create opportunities for full participation in the programs offered by the institution. Course 1 in our Effective Communication course series gives an overview of the key concepts in effective communication in various settings after high school, such as defining legal responsibilities of institutions, coordinating communication access services using an interactive process, providing access via qualified service providers, and best practices when making accommodations decisions. This course will eventually be supplemented by Courses 2 and 3, both of which will focus more on postsecondary institution settings.
Course participants will:
- identify the key components of an 'interactive process' and how to use the information to coordinate communication access services,
- demonstrate knowledge about the role of their institutions in providing effective communication access,
- demonstrate knowledge of key components of providing effective communication access for deaf individuals,
- identify interview questions that elicit information to help determine appropriate accommodations in academic settings, and
- identify potential challenges in determining effective accommodations and create proactive solutions.
Test Equity - Course 1
The Test Equity course series provides professionals with essential information to improve test equity for deaf individuals. Course 1 provides an overview of key issues, including definitions of test assessment, key terminology in test assessment, the basics of equitable tests, and how accommodations can improve test equity for deaf students. This course will eventually be supplemented by Courses 2 and 3.
Course participants will:
- develop a solid understanding of testing and accommodation terminology,
- identify key issues to consider when administering tests to deaf individuals,
- identify accommodations to consider when administering tests to deaf individuals,
- identify key issues to consider when using an interpreter during testing, and
- identify key issues in interpreting test results for deaf individuals.
Note Taker Training
Note Taker Training is a self-guided online training course that defines the role of the note taker and provides note taking strategies that enable student note takers to provide accurate, comprehensive classroom notes for deaf students. The training can be completed in multiple sessions or all at once. When students have gone through all of the material, they can take an online quiz to evaluate their knowledge. Students with a passing score will earn a Verification of Training Completion certificate that they can print. This course was adapted from a pepnet2 course.Click here to take the course!
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