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The National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC) is pleased to announce an initiative designed to support and improve interpreter education.

Classroom Infusion Modules:

Our commitment is to develop and offer state-of-the-art curricular resources for undergraduate interpreter instruction.  These modules are developed by knowledgeable subject matter experts and built upon National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers’ Effective Practices Approach.  Each module includes readings, presentations, video, student activities and assessments, and instructor resources.  The aim is for each module to constitute 6-hours (and sometimes much more) of instruction either delivered face-to-face or online.  Further, instructors can identify activities that are undertaken within a class structure or as self-directed learning.
Each module is designed to allow an instructor to access the resources and download or cut and paste the content into their own institutional Learning Management System (LMS) such as Blackboard or Canvas.  Every item in the module is available for transfer and the process of this migration should be fairly simple.  The modules are currently housed on a Moodle LMS provided by the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM).
To access the module(s), please click on the link for each module. This will bring you to a NIEC registration form.  Once you complete the form, you will be directed to the NCRTM website.  There you will register within their system and gain access to the course.  It is necessary to complete this two-step registration process.  We are confident that it will be neither time-consuming nor complicated.
Below is a description of each module currently available:

Deaf Interpreter/Hearing Interpreter Teams:

Developed by an outstanding team at Gallaudet Interpreting Services under the leadership of Carolyn Ressler, this module includes an Overview of DI/HI Teams, Assessing the Need for a DI/HI Team, Making a Case for a DI/HI Team, and the DI/HI Team at Work.  Each section includes activities, readings, print and video lectures, and assessments.  Please click this link to register:
DI/HI Teams Registration

Introduction to Deaf-Blind Interpreting:

This module builds on the work found in Interpreting Strategies for Deaf-Blind Students: An interactive training tool for educational interpreters and The National Curriculum for Training Interpreters Working with People who are Deaf-Blind.  Jane Hecker-Cain, working with the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, LaGuardia Community College, and Deaf-Blind individuals, has developed a thorough introduction to Deaf-Blind interpreting.  The module includes information on such topics as interpreting modifications, environmental and ergonomic considerations, and additional responsibilities.  Each unit includes written background, videos, activities and assessments.  Please click this link to register:
DB Module Registration

Interpreting in VR Settings: 

Join us for a webinar on June 26, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. to explore two new modules.  Developed by the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC), these two modules introduce students to the complex and rich world of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and the deaf consumers served by VR.  The webinar will highlight the content of each module and describe how educators & mentors can access the content free-of-charge for their teaching activities.  Click here to register for the webinar:

VR 101-History, System  & Process (available after 6/26/13):

This module provides an overview of the U.S. Vocational Rehabilitation System from its historic roots to the advent of modern-day disability rights legislation.  Topics include:  Interpreter perspectives of VR, the VR Act, the Rehabilitation Process, and Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related legislation.  The module includes video lectures, readings, activities and assessments.

Faces of Deaf Consumers (available after 6/26/13):

This module introduces students to the diverse group of VR Deaf consumers including discussions about language use and educational background.  Students are introduced to a variety of Deaf consumers and develop a “situational assessment” based on Demand-Control Schema, as described by Pollard and Dean, to determine what appropriate resources are needed for a successful interpretation including whether to accept an assignment at all.  The module includes video lectures, readings, activities and assessments.
To access both modules after the June 26th webinar, please click here:
VR Setting Modules Registration