TEDI offers a variety of courses:
MOOC: Teaching Children with Visual Impairment - Creating Empowering Classrooms
In the education of children with visual impairment, there is at present a global movement away from segregated special schooling, and towards inclusive neighbourhood schools. Inclusion provides an opportunity for everyone, teachers as well as learners, to become more acquainted about life with visual impairment and to overcome some of the barriers of difference which have existed in the past. But if it is to be successful, teachers and others require key skills and insights in order to create classroom environments which fully accommodate the learning needs of children with visual impairment. In this course, you will discover the visually impaired child by recognizing that there are many different eye conditions and that each affects learning and behavior differently.
During the course, we will explore the Expanded Core Curriculum, which is a collection of content areas that teachers integrate into the core curriculum to give visually impaired learners access to knowledge that sighted learners gain through observation. You will also learn how to make your classroom, the content, your teaching, and the assessments accessible through curriculum differentiation strategies. By the end of the course you will have the necessary tools to create empowering classrooms where you can teach children with visual impairment in an inclusive, accessible, and attuned space.
MOOC: Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: Circles of Care and Education
Course information: This course is about caring for and educating children (and youth) with severe to profound intellectual disability. It aims to inform and empower parents, caregivers, therapists and others involved in working with a person with severe to profound intellectual disability by exploring what intellectual disability entails, learning about support needs, how to go about planning learning activities and building relationships of care and respect.
Watch an introduction: https://youtu.be/tMpAI8Ymdtc
The course topics include:
- Who is the child with severe to profound intellectual disability?
- Lifelong learning
- Facilitating learning
- Rights, advocacy and relationships of care
This course is aimed at parents and caregivers of children with severe to profound intellectual disability, therapists, centre managers and the broader public / community who are interested in knowing more about caring for and educating a person with an intellectual disability. Find out more: https://www.coursera.org/learn/intellectual-disability-care-education/
MOOC: Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered Teacher
We at TEDI are very excited to announce the launch of our second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), titled “Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered Teacher”.
Watch an introduction on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_TJmu-ThVwI
In this online course we explore how being Deaf impacts on children’s learning and development, and how educators can modify the learning environment and make accommodations to meet the needs of Deaf children, develop their resilience, and support them holistically.
While the course is open to anyone, it will be of particular relevance to educators (including classroom teachers, learning support teachers, teacher assistants, and principals) who are responsible for supporting the education of learners who are Deaf.
Once you have registered on Coursera, please complete our pre-course survey
When you have finished the course, please complete our post-course survey.
Participation in the course is free, but if you want a certificate Coursera charges $49.
However, you can apply for financial aid: Once you enrol in the course, click on the financial aid button and fill out an application form
MOOC: Disability Inclusion in Education: Building Systems of Support
The MOOC is open to anyone, but will be of particular relevance to educators, school principals and education policy developers and officials who are interested in expanding access to education and the full curriculum for children with severe to profound hearing, visual or intellectual disabilities.
Navigating D/deaf and hard of hearing education: Empowering teachers
This course is aimed at educators and teaching assistants responsible for supporting the education of D/deaf and hard of hearing learners. This includes members of school and district-based support teams and school principals. Adopting a holistic approach towards learners with disabilities, the purpose of the course is to:
- Develop an understanding of hearing loss and implications for classroom practice
- Identify and describe barriers to learning for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing learners and how to mitigate these barriers in the classroom
- Identify appropriate models of D/deaf and Hard of Hearing education
- Develop an understanding of the broader context in which D/deaf and Hard of Hearing education takes place.
The face-to-face course was piloted on 25-29 March 2019 and the accompanying MOOC course Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered Teacher was launched in July 2019.
Teaching Learners with Visual Impairment
This course is aimed at teachers based at special, full service and ordinary schools who have, or may in the future have, learners in their classes who are visually impaired. In addition, the course will be of relevance to principals, district officials and members of district-based support teams. Adopting a holistic approach towards learners with disabilities, the purpose of this course is to provide key knowledge and skills regarding all aspects of basic education for learners with visual impairment, including:
• Classroom accommodations,
• Accessible LTSM (learning and teaching support materials),
• The expanded core curriculum
• Psycho-social implications, and
• Understanding disability as a human rights and social justice issue.
The face-to-face course was piloted on 1-5 October 2018 and the accompanying online course Teaching Children with Visual Impairment - Creating Empowering Classroom was launched in May 2019.
Disability Studies in Education
This course is aimed at educators at school, district and provincial levels who are responsible for supporting the education of learners with severe to profound sensory or intellectual disabilities. This includes members of school and district based support teams, provincial and district managers, and school principals.
Adopting a holistic approach towards learners with disabilities, the purpose of the course is to:
- Examine barriers to education for people with disabilities;
- Explore strategies of educational provision which addresses these barriers;
- Identify teaching, learning and curriculum strategies that promote disability inclusion at all levels.
The face-to-face course was piloted on 16-20 July 2018, and the accompanying online course Disability Inclusion in Education: Building Systems of Support was launched in November 2019.
Education and Care of Learners with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disabilities
This course is aimed at individuals working with learners with severe to profound intellectual disabilities, including carers, caregivers, community workers, facilitators, classroom assistants and programme implementers. Adopting a practical skills-based approach, the purpose of the course is to:
- Provide the basic foundation of knowledge and skills needed to teach and care for learners within a special care centre setting;
- Help participants gain the skills needed in implementing the Department of Basic Education’s draft learning programme for learners with severe to profound intellectual disabilities;
- Provide the basic knowledge for disability inclusive development on both a theoretical and practical level.
The face-to-face course was piloted on 23-27 July 2018, and the accompanying online course Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: Circles of Care and Education was launched in early 2019.