Video Sign Language: A Research Study on Using Technology to Teach American Sign Language
Abstract: This research project explores how teachers of American Sign Language (ASL) can supplement secondary and post-secondary curriculum with videos. First, quantitative data was collected and interpreted. The experimental group watched a videotaped review during class, while the control group reviewed live with the teacher. Test scores for each group were collected and compared. Qualitative data in the form of a survey was also collected. The survey compares the students’ self-reported ability to use technology. The data helps predict the likelihood of students’ abilities to use the video resources independently. Gathered data suggests ASL teachers using video recordings of course material might expect to see unaffected performance among students during testing.
Keywords: American Sign Language, Video, Assessment, Curriculum, technology, online teaching
This project looks at how using technology may be correlated with student success in American Sign Language classes at the high school and college level. Specifically, students in both the control and experimental groups have access to all curriculum materials and the teacher; however, the experimental group is given additional materials in the form of videotaped examples of each vocabulary sign. After teaching the unit the instructor reviews vocabulary with the control group during class by manually signing each sign for the students to practice. The experimental group is asked to sign along with a video production of each sign in lieu of review with the teacher, but the students in both groups can ask for repetition from the teacher for clarity. Following...
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