University of Cape Town
Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered Teacher
University of Cape Town

Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered Teacher

Taught in English

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Odette Swift
Tara Kuhn

Instructors: Odette Swift

4.9

(366 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
15 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • The importance of Deaf culture/community and the need for a language-rich environment to help Deaf children academically, emotionally, and socially.

  • The accommodations and modifications that you can apply to create an accessible learning experience for Deaf children.

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There are 4 modules in this course

Welcome to the first week of the course! In this week, you will be finding out about the experience of being Deaf from school children who participated in the TEDI research project as well as from three Deaf guest presenters. Being Deaf impacts learning and it is important to start the course with this awareness. The assessment in this week is a graded quiz at the end of the week. You will also have an opportunity to share some of your thoughts and reflections in the discussion forum. As a reminder, this course does not teach sign language since each country has its own sign language. We hope you enjoy the first week of the course!

What's included

9 videos6 readings2 quizzes2 discussion prompts

The second week in this course focuses on knowledge about the Deaf child's communication, emotional, and social development. This type of knowledge is crucial for teachers working with Deaf children, as it can inform teaching practices and greatly contribute to becoming an empowered teacher. In this week, you will hear from various experts, such as a counselor, an occupational therapist, and an audiologist, who will share their knowledge and experiences regarding Deaf children's development. At the end of this week there is a graded quiz and an opportunity for reflection through discussion. This week also includes an optional Honors lesson with a written assignment that will be reviewed by your peers.

What's included

11 videos2 readings2 quizzes1 peer review1 discussion prompt

Welcome to the third week of the course! In this week, we will look at creating classroom and learning experiences that are accessible to Deaf children. We know that every child has a right to quality education and in the previous two weeks you have learnt about the barriers to learning that Deaf children face and how excluded they often are from education. The content we bring to you in this week will show you how you can ensure that Deaf children are able to access learning by making your classroom, teaching methods, and assessments accessible. This week includes a graded quiz at the end of the week. You will also have an opportunity to share your reflections and experiences with your peers in the discussion forum at the end of the week.

What's included

9 videos2 readings3 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Welcome to the last week of the course! Your journey to becoming an empowered teacher is ending. We hope that you have learnt valuable new practices in the previous three weeks. In this last week, the guest presenters discuss some internal and external aspects that you as teachers of Deaf children can focus on that can help you become a stronger and more effective teacher. These aspects include taking care of yourself, building support around you, working with teaching assistants, and collaborating with parents. By the end of the week, you will have completed your journey to becoming an empowered teacher and you will have an opportunity to reflect on the knowledge that you have gained through a written assignment that will be reviewed by your peers. You will also be able to share some reflections and final thoughts with your peers in the discussion forum at the end of the week.

What's included

9 videos2 readings1 peer review1 discussion prompt

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4.8 (119 ratings)
Odette Swift
University of Cape Town
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