In 2012, the National Institute for the Deaf (NID) was awarded a grant by the National Skills Fund (NSF) to develop blended learning occupational programmes for the Deaf and Persons with Hearing Loss. DK Strategic Services (DKSS) and NBA subsequently won the tender and were contracted to undertake context research and produce relevant occupational training programmes – using a blended learning model – for the delivery of learning and teaching to the Deaf and Persons with Hearing Loss attending NID College. The initial research highlighted the immense potential of blended learning and open educational resources (OER) to respond to the unique needs of the Deaf and Persons with Hearing Loss.
NBA was responsible for overall project management and creation of the following programmes:
• Links4Life Programme;
• Communication at Work Programme;
• Care Practioner Programme; and
• Higher Certificate in Education (HCE) Programme.
The primary aim of the programmes was to equip the Deaf and Persons with Hearing Loss with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that will enable them to experience a high likelihood of success in post-school study and for finding employment.