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ERIC Number: EJ1017332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1055-8896
Designing an American Sign Language Avatar for Learning Computer Science Concepts for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Students and Deaf Interpreters
Andrei, Stefan; Osborne, Lawrence; Smith, Zanthia
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v22 n3 p229-242 Jul 2013
The current learning process of Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH) students taking Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses needs, in general, a sign interpreter for the translation of English text into American Sign Language (ASL) signs. This method is at best impractical due to the lack of availability of a specialized sign interpreter and at worst nearly valueless as complex STEM concepts do not yet have an associated meaningful ASL sign. This paper describes a practical software signing avatar, called X University's Signing Avatar (XUSA). This paper includes an evaluation of how the D/HH students and sign interpreters will acquire knowledge of complex Computer Science concepts using XUSA. Similar projects that use signing avatars for learning process focus on K-8 grade concepts. XUSA will establish a new form of direct instruction that can be extended to other courses at universities with D/HH students and interpreters.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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