E-learning, Deaf Studies, Signed Languages, Accessibility, European collaboration
Lorraine Leeson and Haaris Sheikh ‘SIGNALL: Developing online and blended deaf studies course content across EU borders’ in proceedings of EDULEARN 2009, Barcelona, Spain, 6-9 July 2009, (2009)
This paper presents interim outcomes of a European Commission funded project which brings
together industry, academics and practitioners in an innovative project to create an international forum
of learning. SIGNALL 2 builds on the successes of SIGNALL 1 (both Leonardo da Vinci funded
projects). The core content for the ‘Perspectives on Deafness’ course was created by the Centre for
Deaf Studies (CDS) at Trinity College Dublin. CDS has actively engaged in the development of digital
learning assets to support traditional delivery of programmes, and are actively engaged in the
development of blended learning diplomas and degrees. European perspectives are added, allowing
for the exploration of shared – and differing- experiences of Deafhood (Ladd 2003) across Europe as
well as notions of d/Deafness as a medical, social, cultural, and historical construct. Human rights
perspectives are also explored in this wide reaching course. This paper outlines the background to the
development of this course, outlining rationale, content, creation of multimodal digital materials in nine
languages - 4 spoken and 5 signed languages, the nature of international involvement and the
challenges to creating a repository of digital courseware that will be accessible and relevant to Deaf
and hearing students and employers across the European Union, and beyond.
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