Stepping Stones for Novice Interpreters
  • Are you looking to elevate the level of your interpreting skills?
  • Are you interested in being ready to interpret using video remote technology?
  • Are you looking for no-cost high quality options?

Check out this free online course on building capacity for interpreting in video remote settings.  It is part of Stepping Stones for Novice Interpreters, a self-directed track from the CATIE Center’s Dive In project.

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Designed for Deaf, Coda and Hearing Interpreters


This course introduces interpreters to the work of Video Remote Interpreting (VRI). Details for equipment setup and software functionality are discussed, followed by an introduction to the Role-Space Model framework. Using the Role-Space Model, participants will analyze decisions made in a recorded VRI session and then have the opportunity to practice in the same mock situation. The course emphasizes reflective practice and peer discussion.

Learning Objectives

Participants completing this course will:

  • List the equipment necessary for providing VRI
  • Explain the limitations or advantages to three software platforms used to provide VRI
  • Apply the Role-Space Model to analyze various decisions interpreters make while providing VRI services

The course is designed to be completed over 6 weeks, at your own pace and takes at least 15 hours to complete.  Each module will have a specific focus and include opportunities for application and reflection. The course registration will be available from February 1-29, 2024.

A Note on CEUs

Because our grant is focused on novice interpreters working toward certification, CEUs are not offered. Interpreters interested in CEUs can initiate a PINRA with an RID approved sponsor.

For a PINRA application, you need the following information:

  • CEUs to request:  1.5 CEUs in Professional Studies
  • Workshop Flyer, Description and Agenda: Available as Google Doc. You can download this page to include with your PINRA application.
  • Documentation of Learning:  This course will take at least 15 hours to complete and you will receive a certificate of completion at the end that you can share with your sponsor.  Additionally, if your sponsor requires reflections on what you have learned, you can copy your reflections from the course to share with them.
  •  Dates of Activity:  You can choose to start the activity any time before February 29, 2024.  When you complete it is up to you, but there will not be any facilitation after February 29, 2024.

Registration will be available in February 2025.  

The registration form will provide you a link to enroll in a free Canvas course.  It will also ask for optional demographic information which will be helpful for the CATIE Center in evaluating the effectiveness of these resources for supporting the diversity of novice interpreters who are entering the interpreting field.

About Stepping Stones for Novice Interpreters

This course is part of a series developed by the Dive In project of the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University. Each module will have a facilitator from the CATIE Center who monitors a Support Forum.  The activities are designed so that you can do them asynchronously. Though possible to do independently, we encourage you to either join as a group and work through the material together – or use the introduction forum to seek out others in the course who might work with you in the discussions. Collaborative learning can be a really important tool in professional development.