ERIC Number: ED409688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Multimedia Interactive Learning System for Interpreters. Final Report.
McIntire, Dean P.
This paper and the accompanying CD-ROM disks are the outcome of a federally funded project to research and develop an interactive multimedia sign language training system for educational interpreters for students with deafness. The program consists of four 20- to 30-minute lessons on the use of non-manual grammatical markers in American Sign Language. Specific lessons are on question forms, topicalization, conditionals, and negation/assertion. The paper describes the procedures that were followed for designing, developing, and testing the interactive learning system. Features of the program include: (1) lessons provided on IBM-compatible CD-ROM disks; (2) textual instruction supplemented with video segments of fluent signers; (3) on-screen evaluation of the interpreter's understanding of how non-manual markers are being used in the video segments; (4) immediate feedback to aid the learning process; (5) video intensive lessons that present multiple models of deaf signers; (6) an interactive tutorial that explains major features and how to navigate the program; and (7) student interaction with each video by pausing, stopping or replaying the video, and by playing the video at normal or slow-motion speeds. (CR)
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Deaf Interpreting, Deafness, Grammar, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Skill Development, Videotape Recordings
Subtle Impact Software, Inc., 7195 Sand Trap Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80925 (three CD-ROM disks, $225).
Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Subtle Impact Software, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO.
Note: Accompanying CD-ROMs not available from ERIC.